Dog Bites in South Carolina | Your Legal Options

Dog bites can cause significant physical, emotional, and financial damage to victims. If you were hurt because of one, you will need to reach out to our firm today to retain the services of a skilled Columbia dog bite lawyer. Our legal team is on your side.

What are the common causes of dog bites?

In order to successfully establish that a dog owner was negligent and at fault for his/her dog’s attack against a child or adult, it must be demonstrated that the owner knew or should have known that the dog had the disposition to bite. Basically, the owner must have had a basis to believe that even if the dog or owner is not clearly provoked, the dog could possibly attack and hurt someone. Factors that may cause a dog attack, include the following:

  • Insufficient training or disciplining the dog by the owner
  • Prior abuse of the dog by its owner
  • Approaching the dog from its side or rear
  • Approaching or motioning at the owner (which the dog may interpret as a threat)
  • Running toward the dog (children frequently do this when they are excited)
  • Staring at the dog’s eyes
  • Trying to hug, kiss, or pick up the dog (especially in the case of smaller dogs)

Keep in mind that even adults and children who exercise proper caution around a distempered dog are not always secure from unprovoked aggression. This is because it is the dog’s owner who knows the dog’s history and tendencies around friends and strangers, and as a result, must act with vigilance and care to prevent an attack on innocent individuals.

In the event that a dog owner has failed in his or her obligation to control their dog from attacking and you were hurt as result, do not wait to reach out to our firm today.

Can I receive compensation for my dog bite injury?

Most of the time, the victim of a dog attack is qualified to receive compensation for the full range of his damages or injuries. The specific items of damages or injuries can include pain, mental suffering, irreversible scarring damage, short-term or lasting disability, loss in potential earning capacity, decrease in quality of life, healthcare expenses to manage the personal injury, cosmetic solutions to improve the appearance of the injury, mental therapy, destroyed clothes, and wage loss. You may be able to obtain compensation for all of this and much more if your claim is deemed valid. Reach out to our firm today to discuss the details of your case.

Contact Our Experienced South Carolina Firm

If you require legal representation for matters of personal injury, elder abuse, or whistleblower protection, look no further than Mann Blake & Jackson Law. To discover more about our services and how we can assist you, contact our firm today.