A dog bite injury can be terrifying, and the physical and mental effects often are 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. Our Asheville, N.C., dog attack lawyer can help you navigate this challenging and stressful situation by seeking to ensure that you receive proper compensation.
In and around Asheville, dog bites are a common occurrence. This is because of the high percentage of dog ownership in Western North Carolina and because of our dog-friendly local culture. If you suffered a bite from 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
- wrongful death.
If you were the victim of a dog attack, contact Asheville dog bite lawyer Lakota R. Denton. Call us today at 828-333-5996 for a free consultation.
How Our Experienced Dog Bite Lawyers in Asheville, NC, Can Help You
A dog owner must know the dog’s nature and must protect the public from the 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 excusable because the victim provoked the dog. North Carolina operates under the “one-bite” rule, meaning that once a dog bites someone, its owner is on notice and bears automatic liability for subsequent attacks.
However, depending on the case and the circumstances, the dog owner may still be responsible for the injury if it is the animal’s 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.
Our Dog Attack Lawyer in Asheville Will Represent Your Best Interests Against the Insurance Company
When you suffer an injury in a dog bite where you need medical care, the insurance company representing the dog’s owner may contact you soon after the attack. The insurance representative may attempt to convince you that the insurer will walk you through the process and help you receive the settlement you deserve. The insurance rep may even try to convince you that you do not need to hire a dog bite lawyer for your claim.
Understand, however, that the insurance company is a for-profit entity. This means that the insurance company representative’s primary goal is to maximize profits for the insurer, which means paying as little as possible in claims for victims. The insurance representative works for the insurance company, not for you. On the other hand, our dog bite lawyers in Asheville will work for you alone. We will always have your best interests in mind.
Allow Our Asheville Dog Bite Attorney to Take Over Your Negotiations With the Insurer
Once you hire us, we will begin working for you immediately. We start by taking over the negotiations with the insurance company. By our meeting with the insurer on your behalf, you will have more time to focus on your recovery and on your family. You won’t have to field constant calls from the insurer, asking the same questions over and over. Insurance companies may try to trip you up, seeing whether you might change your story slightly about how the dog bite attack occurred. The insurer then may try to claim that you are lying, leaving you with a reduced settlement or no settlement. Our Asheville dog bite attorney will work tirelessly to prevent the insurance company from treating you this way.
If you are representing yourself when negotiating with the insurer, you may be at a disadvantage. The insurance company deals with dog bite cases on a regular basis, while you likely are going through this process for the first time. You may not have a full understanding of the rules and laws in North Carolina for filing a claim related to the bite, as well as the reimbursement that you could receive. Our dog bite attorneys can help you even the playing field, using our experience to counteract the insurer’s techniques. Our dog bite lawyers in Asheville will always work toward your best possible settlement.
Our Asheville Dog Bite Lawyer Will Help You Understand the Key Factors in Filing a Dog Attack Claim
Besides knowing their dog’s history, owners also have a duty to care for the animal in a way that does not increase the likelihood that the 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
- 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 the owner kept it.
At Lakota R. Denton, our Asheville personal injury lawyers know how to work through the facts in your dog attack case to determine exactly what happened. Don’t let an insurance company make you feel guilty about your injuries. Contact our Asheville dog bite lawyer today at 828-333-5996 to discuss your claim in a free consultation with no obligation to hire us.
Our Asheville Dog Bite Attorney Can Help You Define Dangerous Dogs
Dog owners who keep historically dangerous dogs are more likely to end up being liable for bites. If an animal previously attacked without provocation, this dog is dangerous, as is any dog that attacked or killed another animal or aggressively pursued its victim for more than 50 feet. In some jurisdictions, certain breeds receive a legal label of being inherently dangerous. In these jurisdictions, owners of certain breeds of dog are on notice when they take ownership of the dog.
Allow Our Asheville Dog Bite Lawyer to Work Through Contributory Negligence Situations
North Carolina’s “Contributory Negligence” doctrine states that if a person suffered an injury due in part 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 impact whether compensation is possible for injuries. If a court determines that a victim’s own reckless or negligent behavior triggered the dog bite attack, the victim cannot recover 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 against any allegations that your actions directly contributed to the dog bite.
The Lakota R. Denton Dog Bite Attorneys in Asheville Are Ready to Help
If you or a loved one suffered an injury in a dog bite, call attorney Lakota R. Denton today to discuss your case. If you choose to hire us, we will work toward assisting you in recovering compensation for your injuries. Our consultations are always free. Call 828-333-5996 today.
We Regularly Consult With Some of the Best Personal Injury Lawyers, Learning New Techniques
We fight to ensure that our clients receive fair and reasonable treatment from insurance companies. We do not allow insurers to treat our clients disrespectfully. Attorney Lakota Denton consults with some of the best personal injury lawyers in Asheville and around the country, striving to learn cutting-edge theories and trial strategies that increase the value of our clients’ cases. He 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 and ongoing education.
Common Questions for Our Dog Bite Lawyers in Asheville
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?
Our Asheville Dog Bite Lawyer Will Be Ready to Begin Working on Your Claim Immediately
Dog attacks and bites are scary situations. You may have no idea that a dangerous dog escaped from its yard. Suddenly, you are in significant pain, leading to missed work and a long recovery. Dog bites are more common than you may think, as the American Veterinary Medical Association estimates more than 4.5 million dog bites occur annually in the United States. About 20% of dog bites result in the victim’s needing medical care and treatment.
If you suffered a bite that resulted in injury, you will have medical costs and potential lost wages. You could be in line to receive compensation for your medical costs, lost wages, pain, suffering, and emotional trauma. Contact us at 828-333-5996 for a free consultation to discuss your case and to find out how our experienced Asheville, NC, dog bite attorneys can assist you.
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