I live in Raleigh NC. Last Saturday me dog bit my neighbor. I’m being Sued by my neighbor. I’m so confused and sad I

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Customer: Hi my name is***** live in Raleigh NC . Last Saturday me dog bit my neighbor. I’m being Sued by my neighbor . I’m so confused and sad I need a attorney to represent me. I don’t know where to start.
JA: Have you talked to a NC lawyer about this?
Customer: No I haven’t.
JA: What steps have you taken so far?
Customer: I have been online looking for a attorney. Only attorneys I have found only attorneys who are representing the person who was bitten by the animal.
JA: Is there anything else the Lawyer should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: I did provide first aid to my neighbor I am paying for her hospital visit when the bill comes. Very small dog bite on hand no stitches needed. I feel terrible never wanted to see my neighbor hurt.
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My name is ***** ***** I've been an attorney for 19 years.

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Have you contacted your home/rental insurance?

Customer
Good Morning Dan. My name is***** just switched my car insurance and renters insurance from State Farm to progressive and my renters insurance does not take effect until October 3, 2022.
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Sorry at this time I Can only type.
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Will typing be ok for now.
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I'm working in real time so thanks for your patience in advance.

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Did you have an active policy at the time of the dog bite?

Customer
No, my neighbor did contact me by phone. She did let me know she will be filing a lawsuit. At this time I’m hoping for the best but I’m preparing for the worst. She said she will be contacting me with more information. This phone conversation took place on Sunday 19th September 2022.
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Got it...  The good news is a suit hasn't been filed.  The good news is your neighbor wasn't significantly injured.   To be candid, you will have a difficult time retaining prior to receiving a Demand Letter or the filing of suit.   You should consider gathering all relevant documents about the incident such as proof of vaccination, the circumstances surrounding the bit such as if the neighbor was trespassing, etc.  IF (and that's a big if) you get sued, please contact https://www.avvo.com/ to find dozens of attorneys in your area.

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she came to my house. I didn’t know who was at the door. I cracked the door to see Who was there then My neighbor saw the dog and screamed my dog got frightened. Then the bite took place. I will take your advice and prepare relevant documents. like I went to the hospital with her I have my dog Veterinarian shot records and he has never bitten anyone before. In the meantime do I just wait to hear from my neighbor then take action if she files the lawsuit?
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Dan Dufresne, Expert

Right -- you don't have a cause of action against your neighbor.   As you know, many people threaten to "sue" but never take such action.  Do you have any additional questions for me?

Customer
No, thank you so very much for answering my questions. I feel a whole lot better! Have a great day.
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