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Our legal team deals directly with insurance companies to negotiate a fair settlement for you, or if necessary our attorneys can take your case through the North Carolina State Court system.
For over 40 years we’ve been helping folks in North Carolina get fair settlements in dog attack lawsuits.
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Dog Bite Cases and The Law In North Carolina
Dog Attacks and Bites – Strict Liability or Negligence?
Dog bites may fall under two different categories of law in North Carolina. Each of these laws is very distinct and applies to different categories of attacks. When you add the fact that North Carolina is also a Contributory Negligence state, you can understand how important it is to seek legal representation from a dog bite lawyer when you have been harmed by a dog.
Strict liability laws apply to dog bites that occur by a dog that has already been deemed a dangerous dog. A dog can be classified as dangerous if they have previously bitten someone, has attacked or killed other animals in the past, or has chased their victim for more than 50 feet. Liability rules also apply to dogs that roam free at night.
If you have been attacked by a dog that fits this description, your attorney will seek damages against the owner under strict liability.
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- 40+ years representing North Carolina residents in medical malpractice lawsuits.
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Percentage of medical malpractice cases settled out of court.
WHAT ARE MY CHANCES OF SETTLING A MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASE OUT OF COURT?
Over 90% of medical malpractice cases are settled out of court.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO FILE A CASE?
Under North Carolina law you have three years in which to file an medical malpractice suit, from the date that the injury occurred.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO SETTLE A MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASE?
Medical malpractice cases generally take longer to settle than typical personal injury or accident claims, as out-of-court settlements usually occur later in the litigation cycle..
Generally if a malpractice case is not settled before suit, it can be estimated that between one and two years will elapse between filing suit and the case actually reaching trial. Our experienced malpractice attorneys will be working for a pre-trial settlement to be agreed upon, thus avoiding the potentially lengthy trial process and the risks of not achieving an adequate settlement.
WHAT IF I'M PARTLY AT FAULT?
As noted in the article on this page, establishing negligence and culpability in a medical malpractice suit can often be difficult. Furthermore, North Carolina law operates under the doctrine of what is termed “Pure Contributory Negligence”.
Pure Contributory Negligence
If it can be proven that the plaintiff was partially responsible for causing their own injury, then they are barred from receiving any damages in the case. Clearly this places a considerable burden on the injured party to ensure nothing done on their part lead to their injury or prolonged period of recovery. Refusing a certain type of treatment post-surgery, without sufficiently sound medical reasons, may be an important factor. As might be failing to implement a post-surgery rehabilitation as instructed by the medical practitioner.
So it’s important to talk with a medical malpractice attorney as early as possible in the process, whilst all of the facts of the case are still fresh in the mind of the injured.