Dog Bite

Exceptions To The One Bite Rule In North Carolina

2018-11-07T01:45:31+00:00

North Carolina dog owners are responsible for injuries caused by their pets if they know that the pet is dangerous. Normally, in order for a dog owner to be held responsible for injuries caused by their dog, it must have exhibited some aggressive behavior, or have bitten or injured someone in the past, putting the owner on notice that the dog is potentially dangerous. There are some circumstances, however, in which a dog owner will be responsible for injuries even if the dog has not had its “one bite.” Dog Bites In North Carolina If a dog over the age of [...]

2018-11-07T01:45:31+00:00

Leash Laws and Liability For Dog Bites 

2018-10-08T22:18:27+00:00

You are walking down the sidewalk in your neighborhood, minding your own business, and your neighbor’s dog runs up and sinks its teeth into your leg. Your neighbor is responsible, right? After all, the dog wasn’t even on a leash! You may be surprised to find out that your neighbor is not automatically responsible for your medical bills. That may depend on the dog’s history, the time of day, end even where you live in North Carolina.    North Carolina General Statutes Section 67.12 Many people are surprised to find out that there is no statewide leash law in North Carolina. There are only two statewide laws [...]

2018-10-08T22:18:27+00:00

Breed Specific Dog Bite Legislation in North Carolina

2018-08-08T08:27:17+00:00

North Carolina, like many states, follows a “one bite” rule in determining an owner’s liability for injuries inflicted by pets. If a dog has previously bitten or attacked someone, or has been declared by a local animal control agency to be “potentially dangerous,” the owner is on notice that their pet is dangerous, and will be held strictly liable if the pet injures someone. Strict liability means that the owner does not have to be found negligent in order to be found responsible for injuries or property damage resulting from an attack by his pet.   Aggressive Breeds  Animal lovers, animal control [...]

2018-08-08T08:27:17+00:00

Dangerous Animals In Our Neighborhoods

2018-06-13T17:23:04+00:00

According to the SPCA, Americans own 78 million dogs and 85.8 million cats. Most of them are well-behaved, but accidental bites and scratches happen. What happens when the bite is not entirely accidental? Most people have a story about the one dog in the neighborhood that everyone avoids. Often, neighbors are frustrated by the local authority’s apparent lack of concern over the presence of dangerous animals in residential areas.   The "One Bite" Rule Of North Carolina In North Carolina, as in many other states, pets are allowed one bite. While not necessarily restricted to bites, the one-bite rule allows pet owners to avoid [...]

2018-06-13T17:23:04+00:00

The One Bite Rule In North Carolina

2018-05-22T16:28:38+00:00

There are several ways to recover damages against the owner of a dog who injures a person in North Carolina. The first is by proving that the owner of the dog was negligent in some way, for example, that the owner had some reason to believe that the dog could cause harm and still allowed the dog to interact with people. The “one bite rule” is a way in which negligence can be established. Essentially, the owner of an animal is not responsible for injuries inflicted by their animals until the owner has a reason to believe that the animal might [...]

2018-05-22T16:28:38+00:00
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