Raleigh Dog Bite Attorney

Put Years of Experience in Your Corner

Were you bitten by a neighbor’s or stranger’s dog? Are you now afraid to go outside your home because you’re worried a dog could be out there without a collar and leash? You’re not alone. Many dog bite victims have a lingering sense of dread when they get near someone else’s dog.

If you want to hold the dog’s owner accountable for your injuries, both physical and mental, you are not alone. Our attorney at Thorp Law in Raleigh know how to handle serious dog bite cases. We can help you seek fair compensation for the damage from a dog attack. We believe in upholding the rights of the injured through no fault of their own. We know how to stand up to stubborn insurance companies that disagree.

NC Dog Bite Law

North Carolina follows an unofficial “one bite” dog rule that excuses a dog owner the first time their dog bites someone. However, it all depends on the specific circumstances of how you were injured. At least two provisions of the law hold dog owners "strictly" liable when their dogs bite people.

There are two important legal definitions under these statutes:

  • Running at large: North Carolina considers a dog to be “running at large” if the dog is older than six months and is moving about freely in the night without anyone accompanying it. A dog owner can be strictly liable for the injuries of someone who is hurt by their dog while it is running at large.
  • Dangerous dog: North Carolina also considers any dog that is running at large, has hurt someone before, or was designated as “dangerous” by a court or veterinary official to be a “dangerous dog.” Dog owners can be strictly liable for any harm caused by a dangerous dog they own.

While the “one bite” rule is unofficial, it might give dog owners some defense in a claim. They could argue that they did not know their dog was going to attack, so they should not be liable for what happened. An experienced attorney can evaluate the specific circumstances surrounding your injury and advise you about your claim.

Types of Injuries from Dog Attacks 

Dog attacks can be devastating. They affect people physically, mentally and emotionally. Many dog attack victims remain fearful of dogs long after their physical injuries heal and some even develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Our Raleigh attorney with experience in serious dog bite cases will know how to factor this mental and emotional damage when we help you figure out what you are owed.

Damages to name in your dog bite claim might include:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages if you missed work
  • Pain and suffering from the physical injury
  • Anxiety, fearfulness or paranoia caused by the attack

Who Pays for Damages in a Dog Bite Claim?

A dog owner's insurance, such as homeowner or renter policies, may cover incidents such as dog bites. If we represent you, we will figure that out, so you don’t have to.

Build a Dog Bite Claim That Stands Up to Scrutiny

Some judges and juries might be reluctant to punish “man’s best friend.” But if you've been hurt through no fault of your own, our Raleigh dog bite attorney can help. Call our law firm at (919) 373-3390 right away, and a lawyer will listen to the details of your case. An initial consultation is available without paying anything upfront or signing any contracts.

Call (919) 373-3390 now to schedule a free consultation and discuss your dog bite injury.

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