dangerous-dog-proof-of-liability-attorney-charlotte-nc

Proposed Legislation: Dangerous Dog Owners Required To Show Proof Of Financial Responsibility

[column parallax_bg=”disabled” parallax_bg_inertia=”-0.2″ extended=”false” extended_padding=”true” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”” background_position=”” background_size=”auto” background_attachment=”” hide_bg_lowres=”false” background_video=”” vertical_padding_top=”0″ vertical_padding_bottom=”50″ more_link=”” more_text=”” left_border=”transparent” class=”” id=”” title=”” title_type=”single” animation=”none” width=”1/1″ last=”true”] [column_1 width=”1/1″ last=”true” title=”” title_type=”single” animation=”none” implicit=”true”]

Proposed Legislation: Dangerous Dog Owners Required to Show Proof of Financial Responsibility

An Update To North Carolina’s Personal Injury Laws

By H. Edward Knox – Charlotte Criminal Justice Attorney

In the wake of severe dog attacks throughout the state, the North Carolina State Senate passed a “dangerous dog financial responsibility” bill that would require each county to establish a dangerous dog board. Additionally, the bill requires owners of dogs deemed dangerous to prove financial responsibility. Proof of financial responsibility may include the owner to post a bond or show proof of an insurance policy. A dog could be considered dangerous if it attacks someone without provocation or the dog is trained to fight. If the owner is unable to present proof of financial responsibility to the board, the board could order the dog’s removal from the owner and for the animal to be euthanized. This bill is now in the North Carolina House of Representatives for consideration.

Dog Attacks On The Rise In NC

Our firm is currently handling a case involving a ten year old boy who was severely injured when he was attacked by a pit bull, pit bull mix and an American bull dog. The boy sustained severe and permanent injuries, including over ninety open wounds all over his body. He spent several days in the hospital and continues to be treated by doctors for his injuries. The boy’s family has incurred thousands of dollars in medical bills and the costs for his medical treatment continue to rise. The sad part about this case is that the boy’s mother may lose her home because of the mounting bills and time taken off of work to care for the boy, or, in the alternative, the owners of the dogs may lose their home as a result of damages recovered from the lawsuit. In any event, the physical and emotional toll on the boy and his family is indescribable and will remain with them permanently.

Dangerous Dog Owners Will Be Required To Show Proof Of Financial Responsibility

The boy’s family has filed a lawsuit to recover damages from the owners of the dogs. Unfortunately, the owners may not have had an active homeowner’s insurance policy at the time of the attack. So, as the law stands now, owners of dangerous dogs have no duty to provide proof of their financial responsibility in the event the animals harm someone, but the injured victim of a dangerous dog attack has a duty to pay medical bills and remain financially responsible. However, if this proposed bill is passed by the N.C. House, victims of dangerous dog attacks will not suffer from irresponsible dog owners. The owners will be required to show proof that they can pay if someone is injured by their dangerous dogs.

The “one free bite rule” no longer exists

More and more we see individuals maintaining dangerous dogs either for their protection or for the cruel sport of dog fighting. Lincoln County does not have a leash law but the North Carolina General Statutes require that each owner secure any animal that has the potential to harm another. The “one free bite rule” no longer exists. If it is proven that the dog has dangerous propensities, the dog owner may be subject to criminal charges and civil liability for attacks by these animals.

Property owners needs to make sure they protect themselves with adequate insurance and the necessary steps to insure the safety of others. Landlords can be responsible for tenants who house dangerous dogs.


Eddie Knox is the Senior Partner at Knox Law Center. The firm has 3 offices. Our new Denver Office is located at Highway 16 and 73 next to Avason Dentistry. Feel free to call us if our firm can help you in any way. Drop by and say hello.

[/column_1] [/column] [column parallax_bg=”fixed” parallax_bg_inertia=”0″ extended=”true” extended_padding=”true” background_color=”” background_image=”http://knoxlawcenter.com/wp-content/uploads/scales-of-justice-extra-white.jpg” background_repeat=”” background_position=”” background_size=”cover” background_attachment=”” hide_bg_lowres=”false” background_video=”” vertical_padding_top=”30″ vertical_padding_bottom=”70″ more_link=”” more_text=”” left_border=”transparent” class=”” id=”REQUEST-CONSULTATION” title=”” title_type=”single” animation=”none” width=”1/1″ last=”true”] [text_divider type=”single”]

How Can We Serve You?
[/text_divider] [column_1 width=”1/1″ last=”true” title=”” title_type=”single” animation=”none” implicit=”true”] [push h=”-20″]

Fields with * are required.

[push h=”20″] [/column_1] [column_1 width=”1/1″ last=”true” title=”” title_type=”single” animation=”none” implicit=”true”]

    *This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

    I have read the disclaimer.Privacy Policy

    [/column_1] [/column]

    Recent News & Articles

    Contact An Attorney Today

    Anonymous
    Mar 4, 2020
     by Anonymous on Knox Law Center
    Exceptional Legal Representation & True Professional, Genuine Individual

    I first met Allen after he was recommended to me by a friend, and I couldn't be happier with the service that he provided. He demonstrated a unique attention to detail in my case, as well as expressed a genuine interest in me as a person. Through a great deal of hard work, Allen was able to appeal my case and get all of my charges dismissed. I couldn't be more grateful for him and his assistant, Sherry, for their legal and personal support during such a difficult time. Hiring Allen was the greatest decision I've ever made, and I would recommend Allen to anyone seeking exceptional legal representation.

    Anonymous
    Feb 23, 2020
     by Anonymous on Knox Law Center
    The most amazing lawyer, a true gem & winner

    Allen is the best lawyer I've ever met! His character is genuine, and there is a warmth about him that makes you feel so comfortable. If you ever get into a situation with DWI, and feel truly remorseful for what happened, HIRE him for the BEST chance possible. I previously spent 6000$ on an attorney who just didn't feel like they really gave me the personal care that I needed. They were only in it for the money. After hearing raving reviews about Allen, I fired my lawyer and took a leap of faith with Allen. Even though I had to pay two separate times and could not get a refund for the previous lawyer, IT WAS WORTH EVERY PENNY!!!! He won my case with dignity, respect, and care and I am forever thankful to him for this.

    Page 1 of 17:
    «
     
     
    1
    2
    3
     
    »
     
    Call Knox Law