Dogs are often called “Man’s best friend,” but our furry companions are not always so friendly. When dogs attack, they can inflict serious injuries to innocent passersby. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a dog attack, please read on, then contact an experienced Chester County dog bite lawyer to learn what you should know about dog attacks in South Carolina.
Can you sue for dog attacks in South Carolina?
Yes, you can sue for a dog bite in South Carolina. As it turns out, in the Palmetto State, it does not matter whether or not the dog was known to be aggressive. The victim can sue for damages based on strict liability and violation of South Carolina statute. South Carolina does not have a “one bite rule,” but to be successful, the victim usually must prove that he or she did not provoke the dog and was not trespassing at the time of the attack. This is not a hard and fast rule, but it helps strengthen your claim.
What injuries might you sustain from dog attacks in South Carolina?
Dog attacks can lead to many types of different injuries and can vary in levels of severity. Nonetheless, some of the most common dog bite injuries include:
- Puncture wounds
- Broken bones
- Eye injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Face injuries
If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a dog attack, you would be well advised to reach out to a skilled Chesterfield County personal injury lawyer to discuss your next steps.
What can a Chesterfield County personal injury lawyer do for you?
First and foremost, a qualified legal professional will help collect, collate and present the necessary evidence in court. He or she will work to hold the responsible parties accountable, preferably without requiring you to step foot in court. If he or she can’t settle your case outside of court, he or she will help find the right venue for your trial. A seasoned legal representative will fight for both economic and non-economic damages, including, but not limited to, medical costs, lost wages due to time out of work, pain and suffering, emotional distress and punitive damages. The latter is rarely awarded, but your lawyer will argue for them anyway because it is important that the defendant or defendants are never responsible for another dog attack. Let us fight for you. Please give us a call today.
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