If you have ever been bitten by a dog, you know it can be a very frightening experience. In some cases a dog bite or bites can create serious injuries, especially in small children. The cost of emergency care for wounds, treatment of scars, and any needed plastic surgery can create large medical bills.
It’s important to consult a dog bite attorney who has experience with premises and personal injury liability as soon as possible following a dog bite. The attorneys at David Blackwell Law offer complete legal services for dog bite victims.
South Carolina Dog Injury Laws
South Carolina law provides victims protection for all types of injuries from dogs. For example, if a dog jumps on you and causes you to fall in a way that results in injury, the dog owner may be held responsible.
In the state of South Carolina, a dog’s owner is liable for injuries caused by the dog if:
- the injured person did not provoke the dog
- the injured person was in a public place or lawfully in a private place
In addition, South Carolina dog bite laws include:
- A strict liability law, meaning the owner of the dog is liable even if the owner did not know and could not have known the dog would attack or bite.
- A three-year statute of limitations. Victims have three years from the date of a dog bite or other injury to file a lawsuit.
Scheduling A Legal Consultation after a Dog Bite
If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog, contact the offices of David Blackwell Law for a review of your specific case. We will explore the types of claims that apply to you and possible types of compensation you may receive from an insurance company or property owner. Call (803) 285-0225 to schedule your consultation today.