The laws surrounding dog bites in Charlotte, NC can be confusing. A victim can suffer serious injuries after sustaining a dog bite. Section 67 of the North Carolina General Statutes determines the liability of an owner if the dog bite victim can prove that the dog is a “dangerous dog” as outlined by the law, and/or the dog has injured a person or damaged property.
North Carolina defines dangerous dogs as:
1. Without provocation has killed or inflicted severe injury on a person; or
2. Is determined by the person or Board designated by the county or municipal authority responsible for animal control to be potentially dangerous because the dog has engaged in one or more of the behaviors listed in subdivision (2) of this subsection.
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Section 67-4.4 of NC State Law states, the owner of the dangerous dog shall be strictly liable in civil damages for any injuries or property damage the dog inflicts upon a person, his property, or another animal.
In North Carolina, the statute of limitations to file a lawsuit for a dog bit is 3 years. If you have sustained injuries or property damage due to a “dangerous dog” don’t hesitate to call The Law Offices of Chandler & McDonald.