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Dog Bites

Charlotte Dog Bite Attorneys

Dog Bite Injuries

Injuries from unprovoked animal bites and attacks can be severe, particularly when small children are involved. Dog bites can cause permanent disfigurement, fractures, lacerations, and worse. These can be catastrophic, life-changing, and potentially fatal injuries.

If you or your loved one was injured by a dog, contact the Charlotte dog bite attorneys at Charles G. Monnett III & Associates as soon as possible. Our legal team can help you determine whether the dog owner is liable for you injuries and, if so, work to hold him/her responsible. We understand the frightening and overwhelming nature of these cases; our attorneys are prepared to handle all aspects of your claim so that you can focus on recovery.

Call our Charlotte dog attack lawyers today at (704) 859-2003 or contact us online to request a free and confidential consultation.

Dog Bite Laws in North and South Carolina

Most states, like North Carolina, follow the “one-bite” rule, which imposes liability for dog bites and attacks where the owner should be aware that that dog poses a danger to others because of previous conduct. South Carolina, on the other hand, generally holds owners of dogs liable for injuries they cause even without previously demonstrated dangerous conduct.

In other words, you may be able to hold a dog owner liable for your damages in North Carolina if you can demonstrate that the owner knew of or should have known the dog was likely to bite/attack. However, in South Carolina, you may be able to hold a dog owner liable in any circumstance, regardless of whether or not the dog had attacked before.

What to do After a Dog Bite

If you or a loved one has suffered personal injuries from a dog bite or attack, the first thing to do after attending to any medical needs is to confirm the identity of the dog’s owner. If the dog’s owner carries homeowners’ insurance, there may be insurance coverage available for personal injuries caused by the dog.

How Much is My Dog Bite Injury Claim Worth?

According to the Insurance Information Institute, dog injury claims in 2015 resulted in payouts of over $570 million, which accounted for greater than one-third of all paid homeowners’ insurance claims. The Insurance Information Institute also reported that, in 2015, the average insurance payment for dog injuries nationwide was $37,214 per claim.

However, some insurance policies will not cover injuries caused by certain breeds of dogs, so it is very important to confirm as soon as possible whether an injury caused by an owner’s animal falls under an insurance plan’s coverage.

How a Dog Bite Attorney Can Help

If you or a family member has been bitten or attacked by a dog and injured, you may be able to recover compensation. However, due to the complexity of insurance plans and the differing laws in North and South Carolina, you should contact an experienced Charlotte dog attack attorney at Charles G. Monnett III & Associates. We can help you navigate the claims filing process and seek the maximum compensation you are owed.

To request your complimentary case evaluation with our dog bite lawyers in Charlotte, call our office at (704) 859-2003 or submit an online contact form.

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    An infant suffered an undiagnosed case of bacterial meningitis that caused severe neurological damage.

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    Confidential settlement for a child with cerebral palsy as a result of birth-related brain injury.

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