Animal Attack Lawyer Serving North Carolina and South Carolina
The early morning jogger, the elderly couple taking a walk in the evening, the child walking home from school or playing in the yard, the delivery person coming to the door — these are the people most at risk for dog bites and animal attacks.We proudly serve the people both North and South Carolina. At Bice Law, we have extensive experience guiding families through the legal matters of these troubling cases. When you are ready to explore your legal options, we will be here for you. Contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law today by calling (855) 5-BICE-LAW or submit an online request to get a free consultation with a dog bite attorney. We’ll review your situation free of charge and advise you of your legal options.
South Carolina has a modern dog bite statute which makes a dog owner strictly liable for damages suffered by a person who is “bitten or otherwise attacked.”
North Carolina dog owners in this state will be strictly liable for canine-inflicted injuries to a human being or to property if he intentionally, knowingly, and willfully violates the state’s prohibition against dogs running at large
It’s not unusual to hear neighbors say, after the ambulance pulls away: “That dog bit my son before,” or “That dog has been a problem in this neighborhood for years.” Even if the dog owner won’t admit to the problem, the neighbors will. That’s when the investigative skills of a lawyer come into play.
Holding Negligent Pet Owners Responsible for Dog Bites and Animal Attacks
Dog bites can cause extremely serious injuries, especially for children who are often bitten in the neck and face. Puncture wounds can become infected, causing poor healing. Lacerations can cause nerve damage, pronounced scarring and lifelong disfigurement. Victims often suffer post-traumatic stress and a deep fear of animals after an attack, which can be life-changing.
The victims of dog attacks deserve compensation. That compensation generally comes from the homeowners’ insurance policy carried by the dog owner. As your attorney, I will investigate this and any other sources of compensation for you.
What if the Dog Was Provoked?
Provocation is a valid defense that a dog owner, or owner’s insurance company, may use. If the injured person knew the dog could be dangerous and yet engaged in acts that provoked the dog or put him or herself in harm’s way, the dog owner may not be liable.
Provocation is often a disputed question when children suffer dog bites. Did the child understand that the dog could be dangerous? Did the child hit or taunt the dog? The age and intellectual capacity of the child to understand his or her actions are factors in deciding if any actual provocation occurred.
Contact the Dog Bite Law Firm of Bice Law
As you can see, there are several factors that need to be investigated in a dog bite case. An investigation is needed to uncover the dog’s past behavior, to identify if any insurance is available to satisfy a claim, and to understand who was accountable. If you have a question about whether you have a potential dog bite injury claim, take the first step to protect your legal rights contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law. We serve families across both North and South Carolina. You only have a limited time after your injury to file a claim, however, so you must act quickly. Contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law today by calling (855) 5-BICE-LAW or submit an online request to get a free consultation with a dog bite attorney. Results are how we measure success – we’ve built a strong reputation both in and out of the courtroom, and we’ll put our experience and expertise to work on your behalf.