Victim of Dog Attack? Contact Asheville dog bite lawyer Lakota Denton. A dog bite injury can be terrifying, and the physical and mental effects are often devastating. A serious dog bite can cause infection, disfigurement, and even death. In addition to the physical harm, many dog bite victims suffer psychological and emotional scars that can last years. Your family may be dealing with intensive medical care, high medical bills, and a police investigation into your injury. Asheville NC dog attack lawyer Lakota R. Denton can help you navigate this challenging and stressful situation by seeking to ensure that you are properly compensated.
Over four million Americans suffer serious dog attack injuries each year. In and around Asheville, NC, dog bites are a common occurrence. This is due to the high percentage of dog ownership in Western North Carolina and our dog-friendly local culture. If you’ve been bitten by a dog in Buncombe County, you may be able to recover compensation for a number of losses, including:
- medical bills,
- future medical bills,
- lost wages,
- permanent disability,
- loss of enjoyment of life,
- permanent scarring, and
- wrongful death.
Dog Bite Law Firm in Asheville, NC
A dog owner must know his/her dog’s nature, and protect the public from their dog if it has a history of biting or acting aggressively. This is true even if the bite happened a long time ago, or if the behavior was thought to be valid because the dog was provoked. North Carolina operates under the “one-bite” rule, meaning that once a dog has bitten someone, its owner is on notice and bears automatic liability for subsequent bites.
However, depending on the case and the circumstances, the dog owner may still be responsible for the injury if it is the animals’ first bite. A skilled and experienced Asheville dog bite lawyer can evaluate the facts of your case and establish what liability the dog owner may have.
Factors Considered in a Dog Bite Case
Besides knowing their dogs’ history, owners also have a duty to care for their animals in a way that does not increase the likelihood that their dog will become aggressive. A dog is dramatically more likely to bite someone if it:
- has been kept outdoors for too long,
- has been kept in inclement weather,
- lacks adequate nourishment, water or shelter,
- has been abused or neglected,
- has been kept in an environment where it must compete with other animals,
- has been chained for too long,
- has been inappropriately restrained, or
- has been caged in a kennel that is too small, unclean or unsafe.
Animal abuse and neglect laws vary by state, but an owner’s behavior can cause the court to find that the owner’s actions or inactions caused the dog to develop biting behaviors. An experienced Asheville dog bite lawyer can investigate both the dog’s behavioral and health history, as well as the conditions in which it was kept. Contact us today to discuss your case, and find out how we can help.
Dog owners who keep historically dangerous dogs are more likely to be found liable for bites. If an animal has previously bitten without provocation, it is considered dangerous, as are dogs who have attacked or killed another animal, or have aggressively pursued their victim for more than 50 feet. In some jurisdictions, certain breeds are considered inherently dangerous. In these jurisdictions, owners of certain breeds of dog are considered on notice when they take ownership of the dog.
Contributory Negligence in North Carolina
North Carolina’s “Contributory Negligence” doctrine states that if a person was injured in part due to his or her own negligence, the injured person has no claim for damages against the person who caused the accident. Under this rule, a badly injured person who was only slightly negligent could not win in court against a very negligent defendant. Depending on where and how a dog bite took place, a victim’s actions may or may not impact whether they are able to recover compensation for their injuries. If a court determines that a victim’s own reckless or negligent behavior triggered the dog bite attack, he or she is barred from recovering any damages from the dog owner.
The contributory negligence doctrine states that actions like trespassing on private property, committing a crime when the bite occurred, or provoking the animal with torment or abuse can contribute to causing the bite. Because North Carolina still operates under the strict contributory negligence doctrine, an experienced Asheville dog bite lawyer can be essential for fighting any allegations that your actions directly contributed to your dog bite.
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If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog bite, call attorney Lakota R. Denton today to discuss your case and to see how we can assist you in recovering compensation for your injuries suffered. Our consultations are always free.
We Work With Some of the Best Personal Injury Lawyers in Asheville, and Around the Country
Attorney Lakota Denton consults with some of the best personal injury lawyers in Asheville, and around the country, striving to learn new cutting edge theory and trial strategies that increase the value of our clients’ cases. We fight to ensure that our clients are treated fairly and reasonably by insurance companies, who are simply looking to save money, even if that means unfairly devaluing or denying your claim. Attorney Denton travels the country attending seminars and conferences with some of the country’s most preeminent trial lawyers, so that his clients can receive the full benefit of his experience.
Dog Bite FAQ’s
DO I HAVE TO HAVE AN OPEN WOUND FROM A DOG BITE IN ORDER TO FILE A CLAIM?
WHICH KINDS OF DOGS BITE?
IF I’M BITTEN BY A DOG, AM I AUTOMATICALLY ABLE TO RECOVER COMPENSATION?
WHAT CAN I DO IF I SUFFER A DOG BITE WHILE AT WORK?
HOW LONG DOES A DOG BITE CLAIM TAKE TO RESOLVE?
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