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Columbia Personal Injury Lawyer > Charleston Dog Bite Lawyer

Charleston Dog Bite Lawyer

If you ask a Charleston emergency room physician to list their most commonly reported injuries, you would probably be surprised to hear “dog bites” as one of their answers. In fact, there are over 4.5 million reported dog bite injuries in the United States each year. And while many of these injuries are not serious, there are still many cases where an animal attack leaves the victim with serious physical and emotional scars.

South Carolina law holds dog owners accountable for the injuries caused by their animals. Our Charleston dog bite lawyer can advise you of your rights and represent you in taking appropriate legal action. The Stanley Law Group has handled personal injury cases since 1990, and our practice includes a number of significant claims against dog owners. We know that while most dogs are friendly and loving, when an animal attacks or bites the consequences can be devastating.

South Carolina Is a Strict Liability State for Dog Bites

Historically, states fall into one of two camps when it comes to addressing dog bite injuries. Some states have what is commonly referred to as the “one bite” rule, where a dog owner is only liable if there is proof the animal had a prior history of biting or attacking people. Other states–including South Carolina–follow a “strict liability” rule. This means that if a dog bites you, the owner can be held legally responsible for your injuries even if the animal never bit someone before. Likewise, you do not have to prove the owner was negligent in how they handled their animal.

Essentially, to prevail in a dog bite lawsuit in South Carolina, you only need to prove the following:

  • You were injured as the result of a dog bite;
  • You were in a public place, or lawfully on private property, when the dog bit you; and
  • You did not provoke the dog.

Keep in mind, you can seek compensation for any injuries arising from an animal attack, not just a bite. For example, if someone’s dog chases you and you trip and fall, the animal’s owner can still be held responsible for your injuries. South Carolina’s strict liability rule still applies.

As with any personal injury claim, you may seek both economic and non-economic damages following a dog bite attack in South Carolina. Your economic damages cover your out-of-pocket losses, such as the costs of receiving medical care, physical rehabilitation, and psychological counseling. You are also entitled to compensation for lost income if you had to take time away from your job to seek treatment for a dog bite. Your non-economic damages include your pain and suffering, mental anguish, and any reduction in your overall quality of life following the dog bite.

Reach Out to Our Charleston Dog Bite Lawyers for Help

Dog bite injuries are no less serious than any other kind of accident. So if you have been harmed by someone else’s animal, you should not hesitate to speak with an experienced Charleston dog bite lawyer. Call the Stanley Law Group at 803-799-4700 or contact us online today to request a free consultation.

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