Winston-Salem, NC asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for North Carolina

Q: While working was bit by a dog that pushed door open after being told dogs didn’t bite. Mental trauma, would I have case

North Carolina. No case pending. I was bitten by a dog while working Saturday in a woman’s yard, I’m a pest control technician. I didn’t require hospital attention but was bleeding and definitely still sore. I didn’t do workman’s comp because I felt at the time it wasn’t that bad. Well now mentally I’m terrified especially when I spray peoples back yard and a dog barks. I almost panic. It seems every dog, even my own during our usual playful moments, I find myself thinking about it and being reluctant to even play with him as I used to. It happened This past Saturday around 12 I’d say. I left work to clean the wound and returned back Monday. Nothing has been said to the woman, or anyone for that matter. I just know how I feel isn’t fair. When I arrived she stated her dogs didn’t bite just overly excited, as to which when the dog pushed open her back door while I was talking to her I didn’t panic or even acknowledge the dog. He sniffed me and latched onto my thigh right above my knee.

1 Lawyer Answer
Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black

A: You have a claim against the dog owner for negligence and strict liability. Most homeowners insurance policies nowadays do not cover animal attacks unless the insured has purchased an animal attack insurance rider. Contact a North Carolina personal injury attorney for representation to get out a demand letter to obtain insurance benefits.

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