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Dog Bites and Owner’s Responsibilities

Over 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs each year, 800,000 of which are sent to the hospital with minor to serious injuries. When someone is bitten by a dog, fault must be determined by local officials. In most cases, a police officer will have to look into the incident to determine pet owner negligence as it is the duty of the pet owner to ensure that their animal does not cause harm to anyone else. When the fault is placed on the pet owner, that person may have to take care of any resultant medical bills.

If the dog is found to be a serious risk to society, a local official may determine that the dog must be euthanized. In addition to paying off medical bills, the owner may be issued fines by a local judge. This will only happen after the judge has determined that the dog is indeed a threat to other people and that the owner knew this but did not take extra measures to ensure that no injuries would take place.

Were you attacked by a dog? As a dog bite victim, you have legal rights to exercise. To learn more, contact the Lanier Law Group, P.A. now to obtain the services of a North Carolina personal injury attorney with dangerous animal case experience.