Dog Bite Lawyers in South Carolina
We fight for the rights of dog bite victims.
Have you or someone you love been attacked by a dog in South Carolina? Have you suffered injuries that required hospitalization? If so, you may be entitled to compensation from the dogs owner.
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Thousands of people suffer severe injuries from dog attacks each year. In the worst cases, the damage can require expensive surgery or even cause death. Children are especially vulnerable to dog bites, and can suffer long-term physical disability and emotional trauma as a result of a dog attack.
Injuries from Dog Bites
Dog attacks can often result in severe injuries which require surgery, rehabilitative therapy and even long-term disability. Below are some common types of injuries suffered from a dog mauling.
- Damage to connective tissue (tendons and ligaments)
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Head and brain injury
- Infections (Rabies, MRSA, Tetanus, and more)
- Nerve damage
Injuries from dog attacks can also occur when a dog knocks someone down, not just from a bite. An aggressive dog can push someone down a flight a stairs, off their bicycles or while walking.
In South Carolina, dog owners are strictly liable for injuries caused by their dogs, whether it was the first time they attacked or not. Other states have a one free bite rule, that lets owners off the hook for the first recorded attack. The experienced dog bite lawyers at Harbin & Burnett can help you recover compensation for your injuries.
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What to Do If You Have Been Bitten by a Dog
If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, get away from the dog and seek medical attention. Call 911 and file a police a report. You should also contact animal control. If the skin was broken, you must report the bite the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), to make sure a rabies test is properly administered.
If you can, take photos of the injuries and the scene of the mauling. Try to get photos of the dog as well. If you were able to get the dog owners contact information, you may try to contact them for vaccination records.
Upstate South Carolina Animal Control Contacts
Most counties have an office or department responsible for handling animal bites. Below are contacts for Upcountry South Carolina animal control offices.
- Abbeville County Sheriff's Office
- Anderson County Animal Control Division
- Cherokee Country Animal Control
- Greenville County Animal Control
- Greenwood County Sheriff's Office
- Laurens County Public Works
- Oconee County Animal Control
- Pickens County Animal Control
- City of Spartanburg Animal Services
- Union County Animal Control
Compensation for Dog Bite Injuries
In South Carolina, most dog bite injuries are compensated through the dog owners homeowners insurance. The legal term for this is premises liability. Over one-third of premises liability claims paid out each year are for dog bites, according the Insurance Information Institute.
The insurance company may try to deny your claim, or find a reason to reduce the amount they owe. Some insurance companies try to not sell to households with dogs, avoid selling to people with certain breeds of dogs, or may even ask the owners to sign a waiver excluding dog bites from the coverage policy. Some insurers try to cap their liability at $100,000 or $300,000.
Most insurance companies will try to get the victim to settle quickly, before the full magnitude of the injuries is realized. They may try to interview you in a way that is designed to discredit you or make it appear as if you provoked the dog. In order to ensure your claim is handled properly, you should consult with an experienced dog attack attorney.
Damages Caused by Dog Bites:
- Medical Costs
- Damage to Property and Personal Belongings
- Lost Wages and Other Income While Recovering
- Pain and Suffering
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Facts and Figures for Dog Bite Injuries
- About 4.7 million dog bites are recorded in the U.S. every year
- Almost 800,000 people injured from dog attacks require hospitalization each year
- Over 27,000 people require reconstructive surgery from dog bites
- Over 90 percent of fatal dog attacks were from male dogs, almost of all which were not neutered
- About one quarter of dog attacks involved off-leash dogs away from their owners property
- Nearly two-thirds of children attacked by dogs are bitten on the head or neck.
- Almost 70 percent of dog bite fatality victims are children under 10 years old.
- Half of all dog attack victims are children under 12 years old.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog bite in South Carolina, seek medical attention, then call the attorneys at Harbin & Burnett. Our experienced dog attack lawyers can help get you the compensation you deserve. Call us for a free consultation today.
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