One Bite Too Many: South Carolina Dog Bite Law

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The majority of people love animals, and many of them own pets. When you own a pet, however, you are responsible for its actions. If your pet harms someone, you are liable for the damage they cause. The most common types of injuries we see caused by animals are caused by dogs.  There are specific laws that deal with responsibility for injuries caused by your animals.

What to do if You Are Bitten

If you have been bitten by a dog, you should call the police to report it and try to get as much information as you can about the dog’s owner such as name , address, phone number – not unlike you would with the driver of a car that hit yours. The Animal Control division of the police will most likely complete an investigation and report of the incident.

It is always best to seek medical attention for your injuries as soon as possible following a dog bite incident. Photographs are very important both to document your injuries as soon as they occur and all throughout the healing process and any resulting scars.

The Cause Of Action

Recovering for your injuries can be more difficult than for other types of injury claims.  Making a claim against a homeowner’s policy can produce a different set of challenges than recovering from an automobile policy after a car accident.

South Carolina, a dog owner is strictly liable for injuries caused by the dog, but there are some exceptions to this rule.  But that does not mean that dog bite cases are always straightforward or simple.

Contact A Personal Injury Attorney

If you have been the victim of a dog bite, our personal injury attorneys at Callihan & Syracuse can help. We will guide you through the process and fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us for a free consultation.