Steps To Take After Suffering A Dog Bite
Due to the complex nature of the dog bite laws here in North Carolina, it can be quite difficult to sue the owner of an attack dog, unless the attack has occurred within specific boundaries described in the law.
However, if you are a resident of North Carolina and have been either attacked by a dog or the victim of a dog biting incident, taking steps to document the incident shortly after the attack can help strengthen your lawsuit.
Some suggestions include:
- Seek medical attention immediately.
- Find out if the dog that caused the injury has been vaccinated for rabies.
- If possible to do so safely, take a picture of the dog that attacked you.
- Try to find out if the dog has a history of being aggressive and if they have attacked others in the past.
- Take photographs of your injury and file a report with your local animal control center or police department. Be sure to write down the time you called and the name of the person you spoke to about your injury.
- Write down the names of any witnesses who saw the attack and take a photo of the place where the attack occurred.
- Do NOT provide any information to an insurance agent or company, without consulting an attorney
- Report the dog attack to local authorities
This last point is quite important, as by reporting the bite attack to police, it establishes a documented record of the event and when it allegedly took place.