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Dog Bites

Established Attorneys Represent Victims of Dog Bites in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia & Florida

We bite back in our fight to protect the rights of dog bite victims

Across the country, dog attacks — meaning bites and other injuries from dogs jumping up on people — accounted for more than one-third of all dollars paid in homeowner liability insurance claims in 2014. Dog bite laws in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia & Florida put the burden of proof on the victims. To receive compensation for a dog bite injury, the victim has to prove that the animal had dangerous propensities and that the owner knew or should have known these propensities.

Dog bite liability laws vary throughout the country, with the states split between those who hold owners strictly liable for any attack and those states that apply a negligence standard, holding an owner accountable when he knew or should have known the dog was likely to attack.

Learn about dog bite laws in your state

  • Virginia
    Virginia adheres to the old “one free bite” rule. This means that an owner is not liable for a dog bite unless he knew or should have known the dog was dangerous or aggressive and failed to take precautions. Proving the owner's knowledge can be very difficult, especially if the dog has not harmed anyone previously. Another way to establish liability is to prove that the owner violated an ordinance, like a leash law. Such a violation would be negligence per se. The statute of limitations in Virginia allows you two years to file a lawsuit for a dog bite injury.
  • North Carolina
    North Carolina holds dog owners strictly liable for a “dangerous dog” or a “potentially dangerous dog.” That means an owner is responsible for bites by a dog that has already bitten someone, causing death or serious injury, or one that the county or municipal board has designated “potentially dangerous” because of past behavior short of biting and causing serious injury. Owners who are negligent in their handling of dangerous dogs can also face criminal penalties when those dogs attack. The statute of limitations for a dog bite in North Carolina is three years.
  • South Carolina, West Virginia and Florida
    South Carolina and Florida impose strict liability for dog bites or other types of attacks, such as jumping up on a person and causing a fall, if the attack took place on public property or when the injured person was legally on private property, and the injured person did nothing to provoke the animal. The statute of limitations for dog attacks is three years in South Carolina and four years in Florida. West Virginia has a similar strict liability standard for attacks that occur off off the owner's property.

Our attorneys understand the gravity of the circumstance when an animal bites or attacks someone, so we work diligently to build and prove your case.

Dog bite injuries can be serious and sometimes deadly. Sadly, the victim of a dog bite is most likely to be a child. These cases often involve scars, both physical and emotional. Physical scars are most often to the face, and the mental trauma associated with the injury can echo throughout the victim's lifetime. The cost of medical care, including rehabilitation and plastic surgery, can be exorbitant.

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Sometimes you can fight for yourself — but not this time

If you or someone you love has suffered a dog bite injury or an animal attack, you need the services of an aggressive advocate to build your case and deal with insurance companies regarding compensation.

The lawyers at Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban have extensive experience successfully negotiating with insurance companies. We aggressively advocate on your behalf so that you receive full and fair compensation for your injuries.

Typical damages that may be available in a dog bite case include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Current medical expenses
  • Future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Lost or impaired earning capacity
  • Disability and/or disfigurement resulting from the injury

Not all of the damages listed above may be available to you. Applicable law and the facts of your case may limit the available damages or they may provide additional sources of compensation.

Explore your rights and options in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia & Florida; call us today

For specific information about the compensation that may be available to you for your injuries, contact the dog bite lawyers of Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban online or call us at (888) 351-1038.

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