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Charleston Dog Bite Attorney

Dog Bite Attorney Representing Charleston & Nearby Areas of South Carolina

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.

Charleston Dog Bite Attorney

Dog Bite Attorney Representing Charleston & Nearby Areas of South Carolina

Dogs are one of the most common 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.

Call our experienced Charleston dog bite lawyers at 843-376-5896 for a free case evaluation.

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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 lawyers 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.

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 bad enough to require medical attention, but an estimated 800,000 of dog attack injuries are serious. Dog encounters account for more than 1,000 daily emergency department visits. In the years since 2005, 471 people have been killed by dogs. Young children are more at risk of serious and fatal dog-inflicted injury.

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Why Dogs Bite

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 tooas 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

What do to 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.

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

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

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

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 dog. Laws vary from state-to-state, and many also follow strict liability. Even if they did not know that the dog would possibly bite or was aggressive, the owner would still be held responsible for the attack except for in only a few scenarios. 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 can usually 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.

Talk to a Charleston Dog Bite Attorney

If you have been the victim of injuries resulting from a dog bite, our Charleston dog bite attorneys know what it takes to help you pursue aggressive action against the animal’s owner. Your initial consultation is free, and we collect no fees until we get you compensation for your pain. Contact the Steinberg Law Firm or call us at 843-376-5896 to talk with a member of our professional legal staff and find out more about what we can do for you.

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