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Dog Bites

Dogs are frequently referred to as “man’s best friend”, but unfortunately, sometimes dogs do attack causing severe injuries, even death. When dogs bite or attack, the owner of the dog may be liable.

Sadly, children make up the largest percentage of dog bite victims, as many children do not understand the risks that dogs can pose nor do they know how to properly behave around these animals. Some of the most common injuries resulting from dog bites and attacks include:

  • Nerve damage
  • Disfigurement / scarring
  • Torn flesh
  • Eye damage
  • Damage to hands
  • Infections

In order to establish liability, some states require a showing that the dog owner knew the dog was dangerous or that some local law was violated, such as not properly keeping the dog fenced in. However, many states will determine that the dog owner is liable just by virtue of the bite or the attack. In some cases, the determining factor can be whether the dog was on public or private property.

If a dog owner has homeowner’s insurance, then the insurance company may be responsible for paying for medical bills and compensating for pain and suffering (where allowed). Otherwise, the dog owner may be directly responsible.

Following a dog bite or attack, it’s best to consult with a dog bite attorney to determine whether you have a dog bite claim, how you can prove the claim, and who is responsible for paying the claim.

North Carolina and Virginia Dog Bite Lawyer

If you or your child has been bitten by a dog, you may have a significant award coming to you. Learn more about what the experienced legal team at Joe Miller Law, can do to help you bring a strong case against the party responsible for your unnecessary pain and suffering. Contact us at (888) 694-1671 today to get started.

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Virginia Beach, VA 23462

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507 E Main St #K
Elizabeth City, NC 27907

If you are looking at this site, you or a loved one has probably been hurt. If that's true, you've come to the right place. Helping people who have been hurt is what we do. In fact, it is all we do. Joe Miller Law is a law firm concentrating exclusively on representing people who are injured by the carelessness of others or those hurt on the job. We provide the highest quality legal services to people who have been seriously injured. We practice Personal Injury law and Workmens' Compensation law in both Virginia and North Carolina.