Dog Bites

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When you come to my office to meet with me, I want to make sure that you understand what you're entitled to, and what your rights are, and I want you to be able to walk away and feel like you have someone on your side who is willing to help you at any time. – Attorney Kelly Alfreds

Dog Bites

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When you come to my office to meet with me, I want to make sure that you understand what you're entitled to, and what your rights are, and I want you to be able to walk away and feel like you have someone on your side who is willing to help you at any time. – Attorney Kelly Alfreds

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Charleston, South Carolina Dog Bite Injury Attorneys

Dog owners have a responsibility not only to care for their pets and keep them happy but also to ensure they do not harm others. If a dog attacks, its owners are responsible for any injuries it causes.

For a free case review, call us at 843-720-2800.

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Dog Bite Attorneys Serving Charleston, Goose Creek and Summerville, South Carolina

Dog bite cases can be difficult emotionally because they involve animals many consider to be family members.

Dogs are one of the most common, and beloved, household companions in the United States, and most dog owners understand the responsibilities they need to take on when caring for their pets. However, in far too many situations, irresponsible or negligent dog owners fail to prevent their dogs from causing harm to others, potentially resulting in serious consequences. As a result, dog bite victims are often entitled to seek compensation for their resulting injuries and other losses.

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To discuss the details of your case, contact an experienced South Carolina dog bite lawyer today.

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What if the owner did not know the dog was dangerous?

In South Carolina, dog owners are responsible for any harm caused by their dog even if they did not know that the dog would bite or be aggressive. Only if the dog was being provoked or if the injured person was trespassing on private property when the incident occurred, may the owner potentially not be liable.

The Dangers of Dog Bites

Dog bites and other animal attacks can be extremely dangerous, particularly for young children and the elderly, and pet owners who allow these types of things to occur need to be held accountable for their negligence. If you have been the victim of a dog bite in Charleston, the dog bite attorneys at the Steinberg Law Firm fully understand how badly you may have been hurt, and we are committed to helping dog bite victims take action against those responsible for their needless suffering.

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Dog Bite Injuries Are Common

There are around 90 million pet dogs in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those dogs cause approximately 4.5 million bite injuries per year. However, because there is no centralized data collection regarding dog bites the exact number of injuries caused by dogs is probably much higher than what is documented.

Many instances go unreported because they are not serious enough to require medical attention, but an estimated 800,000  dog attack injuries are serious. Dog encounters account for more than 1,000 daily emergency department visits. Since 2005, 471 people have been killed by dogs. Young children are more at risk of serious and fatal dog-inflicted injuries.

Dog bite statistics

Over 38 percent of American households own a dog, which amounts to approximately 63.4 million dog-owning households.

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We can help you understand your legal options for recovery.

If you have been the victim of injuries resulting from a dog bite in South Carolina, our Charleston dog bite attorneys know what it takes to help you pursue aggressive action against the animal’s owner.

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Why Dogs Bite

Dogs typically cause injury in response to a stressful situation.

Any dog can bite. The dog’s size, breed, history and general temperament can contribute to bad behavior; however, under the right circumstances even the nicest family pet can injure someone. Dogs typically cause injury in response to a stressful situation, such as when scared, in pain or while defending loved ones, food, toys or territory. Sometimes a dog may be too excited or playing roughly and hurt someone unintentionally.

It is important to be wary of unfamiliar dogs but also use caution around family pets, as they are capable of biting as well. Never approach a dog you do not know without first asking its owner for permission and letting the dog sniff you. Be mindful of a dog’s body language and other cues that it is feeling uncomfortable. Teach children about dog safety too, as they are most often hurt the worst in dog attacks.

Types of Dog Bite Injuries

Sadly, in addition to the physical effects that a dog bite can have, many dog bite victims face significant emotional suffering too, whether as a result of permanent disfigurement or because of emotional trauma resulting from the attack itself.

An encounter with an aggressive or agitated dog can have many different outcomes. You could potentially be compensated for your injuries even when the dog did not bite you.

The victims of dog bites and attacks may suffer several different types of harm, with some of the most common including:

  • Puncture Wounds
  • Lacerations
  • Infections
  • Scarring / Disfigurement
  • Eye and Facial Injuries
  • Nerve Damage

In far too many situations, irresponsible or negligent dog owners fail to prevent their dogs from causing harm to others, potentially resulting in serious consequences.

South Carolina is a strict liability state, meaning the dog does not get a one-bite pass allowed in other states. As a result, dog bite victims are often entitled to seek compensation for their resulting injuries and other losses.

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What to do if You Have Been Bitten

  • Seek appropriate medical attention.

    Be mindful of potential infections and treat injuries caused by any animal as serious.

  • Photograph your injuries.

    Again, documentation of any injury is critical.

  • Collect information.

    Get names and contact information of anyone who witnessed the attack.

  • Report the incident.

    Report the incident to the local police and/or animal control, especially if you feel the dog could pose a danger to others.

  • Notify the owner.

    Notify the owner of the dog if they are not aware of the incident already.

  • Talk to an attorney.

    Contact an attorney who is experienced with dog bites and animal attacks.

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South Carolina Dog Bite Laws

South Carolina is a strict liability state, which means that dog owners are responsible for any harm caused by their dogs. Laws vary from state to state, and many also follow strict liability. Even if the owners did not know that the dog would possibly bite or was aggressive, the owner would still be held responsible for the attack with only a few exceptions.

If the dog was being provoked or if the injured person was trespassing on private property when the incident occurred, the owner may not be liable. Anything that scares or hurts a dog may be considered a provocation for an attack.

As with any other personal injury case in South Carolina, the injured person has three years from the date of the bite to file a claim. If this statute of limitations expires, there is little chance of the case being heard in court, so it is important to contact an attorney about your bite injury without delay.

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What Our Attorneys Can Do For You

At Steinberg Law Firm, our dog bite injury lawyers have experience dealing with dog owners and their insurance companies, who are reluctant to pay. Our team of attorneys will fight for you to get the compensation you deserve. Our lawyers know how to build your case to pursue the best outcome for you and your family.

We have the resources and knowledge to investigate the circumstances of the attack and handle insurance companies so you do not have to. We are committed to offering our clients high-quality legal representation that gets results.

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