Most of us are dog lovers, and, truthfully, it’s quite hard not to be. However, this may not be the case if you were recently attacked by an aggressive dog, in which case you most likely now require financial compensation to heal–and a Chesterfield County dog bite lawyer here at our firm is ready to help. Contact the Cockrell Law Firm, P.C. today to learn about dog attacks in South Carolina and how we can assist you.
Why Hire a Chesterfield County Dog Bite Lawyer?
If you’ve been hurt in a dog attack in South Carolina, you need a Chesterfield County personal injury lawyer who is familiar with the dog attack laws in our state. Our firm has fought on behalf of dog attack victims in the past, and we are ready to do everything we can to attain a positive outcome for you as well.
Injuries Commonly Associated With Dog Attacks
Unfortunately, those who’ve been attacked by dogs often suffer a wide variety of very serious injuries. Some of the most common injuries we see caused by dog attacks are as follows:
- Puncture wounds
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Nerve damage
It is imperative that you receive immediate medical treatment after a dog attack, for several reasons. First, you may need any open wounds sterilized and sewn closed or otherwise tended to. Second, you need to ensure that the dog was not carrying any disease that you may have come in contact with during the course of the attack. Finally, calling 911 and seeking medical treatment immediately can help further document the incident and the damages you’ve sustained.
Dog Bite Laws in South Carolina
In the state of South Carolina, there are various laws in place that determine liability for dog attacks. In some states, to win an injury claim, a dog attack victim is required to prove that the dog in question had a “vicious propensity,” and that the dog owner should have known the dog would have attacked and failed to prevent it. However, this is not the case here in South Carolina.
In South Carolina, if you were attacked by a dog either while on public property or while lawfully on private property, such as being a guest at a friend’s house, you should have a valid injury claim against the dog owner. That being said, you should understand that if the dog owner can prove that you were teasing the dog or otherwise provoked the attack in some way, such as by trespassing on his or her property, you most likely will not have a valid personal injury claim. Our firm can review the facts of your case, determine whether you have a claim, and our Chesterfield County dog bite lawyer can begin the claims process on your behalf.
Contact a Chesterfield County Dog Bite Lawyer
If an unprovoked dog recently attacked and injured you, the time to act is now. We are ready to help. Contact the Cockrell Law Firm, P.C. today to schedule your free initial consultation with our aggressive legal team.