Have you, or your child, been attacked by a dog or other domestic animal in South Carolina? Did serious injuries such as flesh wounds, scarring, broken bones and nerve damage result? Under South Carolina dog bite law you may be entitled to receive medical benefits under South Carolina dog bite laws. To learn more about your rights after an animal attack you need the help of an experienced premises liability attorney handling dog bite claims.
Dial (864) 373-7333 for a free consultation with Greenville Personal Injury Lawyer Ryan Montgomery. He brings more than a decade of experience to the table and will use that experience to obtain the most favorable outcome possible for you. He handles auto accident, injury, animal attack and fatal accident claims throughout upstate South Carolina which consists of Anderson, Greenville and Spartanburg Counties.
South Carolina Dog Bite Laws
It’s not quite as common as other injuries or accidents, like a car accident or a slip and fall, but on occasion people still are attacked by a dog or receive a dog bite. The law in South Carolina makes the owner of the biting dog strictly liable for the bite and for the damages to the dog bite victim. However, there is one defense to the dog bite statute and that is where the dog is provoked. If someone taunts or otherwise provokes the dog and it bites, then there is a provocation defense to the dog bite. The actual South Carolina statute pertaining to animal attacks and dog bites is below.
SECTION 47-3-110. Liability of owner or person having dog in his care or keeping.
Whenever any person is bitten or otherwise attacked by a dog while the person is in a public place or is lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog or other person having the dog in his care or keeping, the owner of the dog or other person having the dog in his care or keeping is liable for the damages suffered by the person bitten or otherwise attacked.
For the purposes of this section, a person bitten or otherwise attacked is lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog or other person having the dog in his care or keeping, when the person bitten or otherwise attacked is on the property in the performance of any duty imposed upon him by the laws of this State, by the ordinances of any political subdivision of this State, by the laws of the United States of America, including, but not limited to, postal regulations, or when the person bitten or otherwise attacked is on the property upon the invitation, express or implied, of the owner of the property or of any lawful tenant or resident of the property.
If a person provokes a dog into attacking him or her then the owner of the dog is not liable.
South Carolina Dog Bite Victim Benefits
Typically the owner of the dog will be responsible for the damages. These damages can include, but are not limited to, the cost of medical bills, the cost of preventative rabies treatment, scarring, disfigurement, plastic surgery, pain and suffering, nightmares related to the dog attack and so on. Each case is different but it is important to make sure you don’t give up any of your rights. For a FREE CONSULTATION, contact Greenville dog bite Ryan Montgomery, for a free consultation to discuss your claim, what benefits you may be entitled to and how to protect your rights. Call (864) 373-7333 today.
From his Greenville law office Mr. Montgomery serves those injured in Anderson County, Greenville County and Spartanburg County, South Carolina.