Dogs may be considered a “person’s best friend,” but the reality is that a dog can inflict severe bite injuries. Unfortunately, dog bite injuries are not uncommon in and around our area. At Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C., our team is here to help if you need a Rutherfordton dog bite attorney by your side. We have the resources necessary to conduct a complete investigation into the case and help ensure that you recover the conversation you need. This includes medical bill payments, lost wages, and various types of pain and suffering losses.
Dog Bite Laws In Rutherfordton
In some states around the country, jurisdictions operate under a “strict liability” dog bite law, which means that a dog owner will be held liable for any bite injury regardless of whether or not the dog has bitten anybody in the past. However, North Carolina does not operate under this type of system.
In the state, we operate under a “one bite rule.” This means that a dog owner will generally only be held responsible for dog bite injuries if their dog has previously bitten somebody in the past or if the dog has been labeled a “potentially dangerous” animal.
That being said, dog owners in North Carolina will be held strictly liable for any injuries inflicted by a dog bite if the owner “intentionally, knowingly, and willfully violates” laws regarding dogs running at large in North Carolina.
Most Common Dog Bite Injuries in Rutherfordton
Dog bite injuries can be severe. The information available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that approximately 800,000 people seek medical care for dog bites each year across the US. At Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C., our dog bite attorneys regularly help clients who sustained the following types of injuries in these cases:
- Significant blood loss
- Broken bones in the hands
- Amputated fingers
- Severed arteries, veins, muscles, or ligaments
- Significant lacerations or puncture wounds
- Scarring and disfigurement
In addition to these traumatic injuries, it is not uncommon for dog bite injury victims to sustained significant emotional and psychological trauma as a result of what happened. This is particularly true for children who are bitten by a dog. Data shows that approximately 50% of all dog bite injuries occur the children.
Call a Rutherfordton dog bite attorney today
If you or somebody you love has been injured after being bitten by a dog in or around the Rutherfordton area, contact the team at Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C. as soon as possible. Our attorneys have extensive experience handling various types of dog bite and other animal attack claims. We have the resources necessary to fully investigate the claim, stand up to aggressive insurance carriers, and help secure maximum compensation for our clients. This can include coverage of the victim’s medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering damages, and more. When you need a Rutherfordton dog bite injury attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 704-850-6322.