Top Chapel Hill Dog Bite Lawyers Near You

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West & Smith, L.L.P.

Dog Bite Lawyer | Serving Chapel Hill, NC

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910-693-3411

Experienced in All Types of Injury Law, Mr. West and Mr. Smith Have Each Practiced Law Since 1975

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Law Offices of John McCabe

Dog Bite Lawyer | Serving Chapel Hill, NC

Free Consultation

Se Habla Español

919-408-7777

Dependable and Aggressive Lawyers that Fight for the Outcome You DESERVE! Call Us Today for Your Consultation.

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O'Malley Tunstall PLLC

Dog Bite Lawyer | Serving Chapel Hill, NC

Free Consultation

252-823-2266

Our Lawyers Don't Take NO for an Answer ...AND YOU OWE US NOTHING until We Come through for You!

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Holt, Longest, Wall, Blaetz & Moseley, P.L.L.C.

Dog Bite Lawyer | Serving Chapel Hill, NC

Free Consultation

336-355-7403

Delivering Maximum Results with Minimum Conflict

Featured Chapel Hill, NC Dog Bite Law Firm

Chapel Hill Dog Bite Information

Did a Dog Bite You?

If you were bitten by a dog there are laws in place to help you. Dog bite laws are a mixture of city and county ordinances and state law that establishes when the dog's owner is liable to the bite victim. A few states use the "one bite rule," which shields the dog's owner from liability in that one incident, unless the owner knew the dog bites. These laws establish proper control of the dog and when the dog's owner is liable to the bite victim.

Learn Your Rights Regarding Dog Bite

Most states are strict liability jurisdictions, meaning the dog's owner or controller is liable to the victim unless the dog owner has a valid defense. Find out if you are entitled to compensation by talking to a Chapel Hill dog bite attorney.

Best Time to Seek Legal Help

No matter what your legal issue may be, it is always best to seek legal help early in the process. An attorney can help secure what is likely to be the best possible outcome for your situation and avoid both unnecessary complications or errors.

How to Prepare for Your Initial Consultation

Prepare for your consultation by writing down notes of your understanding of the case, jot down questions and concerns for the attorney, and gather your documents. Remember that you are trying to get a sense of whether the attorney has your trust and can help you address your legal issues. Questions should include how the attorney intends to resolve your issue, how many years he/she has been practicing law and specifically practicing in your area, as well as how many cases similar to yours the attorney has handled. It can also be helpful to broach the subject of fees so that you understand the likely cost and structure of your representation by a specific attorney and/or legal team.

How to Find the Right Attorney

  • Determine the area of law that relates to your issue. Attorneys specialize in specific practice areas around legal issues within the broad field of law.
  • Seek out recommendations from friends, family, and colleagues. A successful attorney or practice will typically have many satisfied clients.
  • Set up consultation appointments to get a better understanding of your case as well as gauge your comfort level with different attorneys. Find the attorney who is the right fit for your needs.

Common legal terms explained

Personal jurisdiction - Requirement that a particular court have authority over a person, in order to bind that person to the judgment of the court, based on minimum contacts. International Shoe Co v. Washington is a landmark Supreme Court case outlining the scope of a state court's reach in personal jurisdiction.

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