North Dakota Dog Bite Injury Attorneys
After a Serious North Dakota Dog Bite, Recovering from your Injuries can be Stressful and Overwhelming
North Dakota is one of the few states in America that doesn’t have a personal injury law that is specific to dog bites or animal attacks. Instead, North Dakota dog bite attorneys rely on something known as case law to prove these types of cases. The most common case that attorneys refer to is called Sendelbach v. Grad. This case allows attorneys to prove that dog bite victims deserve compensation because dog bite owners have a duty of care to keep their guests safe and to keep their pets under control in public.
Sand Law ND is experienced at handling dog bite and other animal attack cases in North Dakota. We are here for you if you need us, so contact us today for a free case evaluation and consultation.
North Dakota Dog Bite Statute of Limitations
North Dakota’s statute of limitations for dog bite and animal attack injuries is the same as any other personal injury claims. In North Dakota, the statute of limitations is 6 years, starting from the day the dog bite occurred. This time limit ensures that everyone gets a fair trial by making sure that evidence is still available and that witnesses are still reliable. With very few exceptions, if you want to get the compensation you deserve after a North Dakota dog bite then you should contact a personal injury attorney right away to better your chances at a fair settlement.
North Dakota’s Dog Bite Law
As we mentioned in the opening, North Dakota does not have a specific law that dictates the rules and liabilities of dog bites. The North Dakota Supreme Court mentioned in the introduction, Sendelbach v. Grad, set the standard of negligence law in North Dakota when it comes to dog bites and the injuries they inflict.
To receive compensation for your dog bite injuries from a negligent dog owner in North Dakota, your personal injury lawyer must prove that:
- the dog (or other animal) owner had a duty to prevent their dog from causing injury or harm to others,
- and that the dog owner failed to carry out that duty (also known as breach of duty), and
- because the dog owner breached their duty, it caused injuries or damages to the dog bite victim.
Reasonable Care and Dog Bite Injury Cases
Courts usually rely on something known as reasonable care to understand a dog owner’s duty to others. Basically, they ask themselves if the dog’s owner had a responsibility to restrain, train, or control their dog so that it wouldn’t bite another person; and did they take reasonable care to prevent the attack from happening.
But just because North Dakota does not have a specific dog bite law, that doesn’t mean that other laws cannot be used to prove your case. For example, if a dog bites a child while they are walking on the street, and the dog wasn’t on a leash, then the owner’s simple failure to follow local leash laws would be a violation of reasonable care.
Comparative Negligence in North Dakota Dog Bite Claims
A commonly used defense in personal injury cases involves a concept known as “comparative negligence.” Comparative negligence refers to the injured person’s responsibility in their own injuries. For example, a dog owner, or their lawyer, or insurance company may attempt to reduce or deny a dog bite injury claim because they claim injured person was partly or totally to blame for their own injuries.
This is not hard to imagine in a scenario where someone provokes the dog. In these comparative situation, the jury decides what percent each person is at fault out of 100 and reduces the damages by the percentage of fault assigned to the injury victim.
For example, if a person is found to be 20% at fault for their dog bite injuries, they can only receive 80% of their total damages.
This is cut off at 50 percent however, meaning if an injury victim is found to be 50% or more at fault, they are not entitled to any compensation at all.
Dog Bite Injuries Can Be Serious
Dog attacks can lead to many different types of injuries with varying levels of severity. Common dog bite injuries include:
- Puncture wounds
- Broken bones
- Injuries to the eye or vision
- Head and Neck Injuries
- Face Injuries
- Nerve Damage
- Permanent scarring
- Tissue damage
- Emotional Effects
Contacting an Experienced North Dakota Dog Bite Injury Attorney
Sand Law has helped hundreds of dog bite victims across North Dakota get the compensation they need to fully recover from their injuries. We have assembled a team of experienced and dedicated personal injury attorneys who are skilled and passionate about representing victims of negligence in all types of personal injury matters, including dog attacks.
We have offices conveniently located in Watford City, Minot, Williston, and Bismarck. We also have a vast network of resources and witnesses that we can employ if necessary to help make a client’s case as strong as possible, helping to ensure our clients get the compensation they deserve.
Contact Sand Law today to schedule your free consultation by calling 701-609-1510 or by filling our our contact form. We look forward to helping you and your family in your time of need with compassion and understanding.