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South Carolina Dog Bite Laws

When it comes to children, one of the most common liability cases that a Columbia personal injury lawyer handles is a dog bite. Animal attacks are often caused by negligent pet owners who do not place their dog on a leash or do not post proper warning signs. Under South Carolina law, the owner of a dog is liable for the injuries caused by that animal to someone in a public space (such as a street, sidewalk or park), or lawfully in a private place (such as their own yard or if they are an invitee or licensee on the lands of another). There is usually no requirement that the animal has a prior history of biting or attacking others.

With the popularity of keeping vicious dog breads such as the following in residential areas, these animal attacks are a frequent occurrence:

  • Pit bulls
  • Rottweilers
  • German shepherds

Who is at Risk for an Animal Attack?

Unfortunately, many times the victims of a dog or animal attacks are young children. Those who are too young to physically defend themselves during an animal attack may be powerless to prevent severe injuries and permanent lifelong scarring or disfigurement.

Can My Dog be Taken Away for Biting Someone?

In certain situations, law enforcement can take your dog away after they bite someone. Your dog will likely be quarantined at a local shelter or veterinarian’s office. If you can provide proof of a current rabies vaccine, you will save the victim having to endure treatment for rabies, and may reduce the amount of time your dog is held in quarantine. States that do not have a strict liability statute when it comes to dog attacks usually have a “one bite rule”. You might also be liable if you are a ‘keeper’ of the dog — someone who does not own the dog but houses the dog on behalf of the owner — and you know about the tendency of that dog to attack or bite people.”

But regardless of whether the victim is a child or adult, these attacks can result in:

  • Expensive medical treatment
  • Lost income
  • Substantial pain & suffering
  • Wrongful death

Contact Our Columbia Personal Injury Lawyers - (803) 359-3301

Wondering if you will need to hire a dog bite attorney? Frequently, those who are responsible for these animals may try to defend themselves from liability by denying ownership of the animal or falsely claiming that the animal was provoked into the attack. After a serious injury is sustained, they may quickly begin building evidence to try to deny your right for compensation. Hiring our Columbia, South Carolina personal injury lawyers from the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC can help improve your fighting chance of obtaining just compensation. It may be in your best interest to ensure that you are treated fairly and receive the just compensation you deserve.

Call a Columbia injury attorney at the firm for a free consultation!

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