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North Dakota Dog Bite Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog in North Dakota, an Advocate can help you recover.

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A Dog Bite Attorney Can Help Your Case

Dog bites are dangerous events that are not always taken as seriously as they should be. A bite from a dog– even a small one– can cause severe physical injuries, emotional trauma, and financial damages from medical bills.

The Advocates’ personal injury attorneys have been representing dog bite victims for nearly three decades, so we understand the struggles you are facing after your injury. We are dedicated to helping you recover and get your life back.

If you’ve suffered an animal attack and need a competent, caring attorney for your personal injury claim, contact The Advocates law firm today for a free consultation.

The Next Steps In Your Case


Immediately after the attack, check for injuries

Hire Attorney

Contact The Advocates as soon as possible to begin the road to recovery


Seek medical attention as soon as you can

Medical Records

Keep track of any and all treatment you receive during recovery

Treatment Completed

Once you've completed treatment, your case can move forward


Your Advocate will send a demand letter to the other party

Frequently Asked Questions

You will pay nothing out-of-pocket when you hire an Advocate.

Your initial consultation with us is always 100% free. There are never any upfront costs or hidden fees.

Our attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means that our attorney fees are calculated as a percentage of your settlement. We don’t get paid unless we win your case and you receive a settlement.

For more information on how settlements and payment work, please see our contingency fee information page.

Not every accident requires an attorney. However, if the accident resulted in injuries or significant property damage, it is a good idea to contact a lawyer. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you navigate the claims process, which can be lengthy and complex.

Your attorney will build your case, keep track of your medical records, negotiate with insurance companies, and represent you in court if necessary. Studies have shown that accident victims who hire a personal injury lawyer can receive settlements up to 3.5 times larger than if they settled on their own.

The best way to know if you have a case is to speak with an attorney. The Advocates offer free consultations—you can speak with a qualified legal team to understand what your case is worth without paying a dime. Once you have decided to hire an Advocate, we will investigate your accident to firmly establish liability.

Every personal injury case is different. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to accident claims. The length of the claims process will depend on the severity of your injuries, the willingness of the other party to settle, the court’s caseload, and more.

In general, personal injury cases can take anywhere from several months to a few years. It’s important to contact an attorney as soon as possible to get your case started. Each state has a statute of limitations for personal injury cases, after which you will lose your right of action.

When you hire The Advocates, we will begin investigating your accident immediately while you finish medical treatment. Once all evidence and medical records have been compiled, your attorney will send a demand letter to the other party’s insurance company. At this point, negotiations will begin.

In many cases, a settlement can be reached during negotiations. If the other party refuses to make a fair offer, you may choose to file a suit. In the litigation phase, your attorney will represent you in court in front of a judge, jury, and/or arbitrator.

We Get Results

$500 Million

In Settlements

A Team of Legal Professionals Assigned to Your Case

For nearly 30 years, The Advocates have helped thousands of personal injury victims receive the compensation and care they deserve after their accidents, and we are prepared to do the same for you. 

We can help you:

  • Understand the claims process
  • Investigate your accident
  • Build your case
  • Negotiate with insurance adjusters

We only get paid  if we win your case!

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North Dakota Dog Bite Statistics

North Dakota dog attack statistics

  • Nearly 1 in 5 people who are bitten by dogs require medical care, including stitches, vaccinations, and reconstructive surgery
  • It is often assumed that pit bulls, rottweilers, and German Shepherd Dogs are the most aggressive breeds; however, Chihuahuas, cocker spaniels, and terriers also make the list
  • More than 300,000 Americans visit the emergency room as victims of dog bites
  • Dog bites are particularly dangerous for children and elderly people, who may lack the strength and speed to get away from the dog

When do dog bites often happen?

Any dog has the capability to bite or attack unexpectedly, but certain situations present a much higher risk than others. Dog bites are most likely to happen when:

  • A dog is approached by a stranger: Many dogs are uneasy around unfamiliar people. When approaching a dog you don’t know, it’s important to ask the owner of the dog if it is okay to interact with it
  • A human breaks up a dog fight: If two or more dogs are fighting, it may feel instinctive to jump in and break it up. However, this puts you at risk of being seriously hurt, even if the dog is one you know. There are safe ways to break up a fight without becoming physically involved
  • Aggressive dogs are unsupervised or unrestrained: Dogs without excellent recall training should always be on-leash and under close watch of their owner when in public or around other people and dogs
  • Dogs are not properly trained and socialized: Dogs who have not received the socialization they need may learn that barking, lunging, and biting is the way to get out of stressful situations. Dog owners should put plenty of time into training their dogs and exposing them to a variety of environments
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Common dog bite injuries

Common dog bite injuries 

Depending on the severity of the attack, dog bites can cause serious injuries and even fatalities. Some common types of injuries resulting from dog attacks include:

  • Puncture wounds
  • Broken bones
  • Eye and face injuries
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Bruising and lacerations
  • Tissue and nerve damage

North Dakota Laws

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Do dogs have to be on leash in public spaces?

North Dakota does not have a state-wide leash law; however, most counties, cities, and/or towns have local ordinances regarding the practice:

Dog owners are responsible for knowing the local laws and ordinances regarding pet ownership.

Are dog bites covered by insurance?

In most cases, dog bites are covered by the dog owner’s homeowner’s or rental insurance. Insurance should pay for bite victims’ medical expenses up to the liability limit. After the limit has been reached, the owner of the dog is responsible for additional damages.

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When is a dog owner responsible for a dog bite?

Under Sendelbach v. Grad, dog owners are liable for dog bite injuries if the victim can prove that the owner was negligent and their negligence caused the victim’s injuries.

This typically means that if an owner knows their dog is vicious and fails to provide “reasonable care,” to prevent an attack, they are responsible for the injured person’s damages.

Negligence can also apply to an owner whose failure to follow local laws and ordinances led to a dog attack.

What is the statute of limitations for dog bites?

For any personal injury case, a plaintiff only has a certain amount of time to file their claim. After that time period is up, they lose their right of action. This is referred to as the statute of limitations.

In North Dakota, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is 6 years. However, it is a good idea to file your claim much sooner than that. Personal injury cases can take a long time to settle, so it is a good idea to give yourself as much time as possible before the statute of limitations is up. As soon as you think you may have a case, contact a personal injury lawyer so they may begin working on your claim.

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Why Should I Hire a North Dakota Dog Bite Attorney?

If you were injured by a vicious dog, you will need to report the incident, seek medical treatment, keep track of your medical records, ensure your bills are paid while waiting for your case to settle, and more. The claims process can quickly become long, complex, and stressful.

Additionally, the at-fault party’s insurance company will likely try to avoid compensating you fairly for your injuries. They may try to diminish the severity of your injuries or claim that the bite was your fault.

The dog bite injury attorneys with The Advocates have years of experience negotiating with insurance providers and fighting for our clients’ right to fair compensation under the law. Our legal professionals are standing by to take care of the dog bite injury claims process for you so that you can focus on feeling better.

From the moment you first contact us to the day you receive your settlement check, The Advocates have your back. Contact us today for a free case evaluation. You deserve an attorney who has your best interests at heart. You deserve an Advocate.


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