South Carolina Dog Bite Lawyers

Dog Bite Attorneys: Protecting Your Well-Being
If you’ve suffered a dog bite or attack, let us do Right By You. Our lawyers will always fight for the compensation you deserve to treat the physical and emotional trauma of your attack. Call 888-HAWKLAW or talk to us using our live chat. We’re here to help.
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HawkLaw’s dog bite lawyers pursue financial compensation for physical and emotional trauma

Dog bites and dog attacks leave unsuspecting victims physically and emotionally scarred. We understand that it can take a very long time to feel safe and comfortable around an animal again following the trauma of an attack.

That’s why we won’t let you go through this trying time alone. Our entire team is concerned with your well-being and will work tirelessly to get you the compensation that you deserve.  As a digital-first law firm, you can get your case initiated immediately so we can start doing Right By You.

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Who’s Responsible for a Dog Bite in South Carolina?

Before you start your claim, you’ll need to determine who’s responsible for your injuries and whether he or she can be held responsible for a dog attack. Generally, a dog attack is the responsibility of the dog owner, with few exceptions.

In South Carolina, dog owners are strictly liable for their dogs’ behavior. This means that it doesn’t matter whether the owner should have or could have known that the dog might attack. If the dog does attack someone, the owner is liable for the victim’s damages.

South Carolina Dog Attack Laws

Here’s the thing about dog bite attacks in South Carolina: the laws state that the onus is on the victim to prove that the animal in question bit them. South Carolina is also among the states exempt from the “one bite” rule, meaning the owner is still liable for injuries caused by their dog even if there’s no history of the animal being violent.

However, one important caveat to note — dog owners are not liable for a bite if the animal is teased or provoked. To paraphrase an old saying, don’t poke the dog.

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Our Dog Bite Legal Process

1.Talk To Us

Call 888-HAWKLAW or talk to us using our live chat and we’ll get to work right away. You take care of you and we’ll take care of the rest.

2. Building Your Case

Following the first meeting, your dedicated personal injury lawyer will launch your case. We have an investigative team with years of experience identifying what happened, recreating the incident, and collecting any evidence that helps with your case. As a digital-first law firm, you’ll be able to check in on our findings and see how your case is progressing. 

3. Initial Negotiations

Once we have what we need to build a case for your claim, we will contact the insurance company or at-fault party and attempt to negotiate a fair and just compensation for your injuries. Our goal is to do Right By You and agree on a fair and just settlement for your damages, pain, and suffering. If an acceptable settlement can’t be reached, a HawkLaw trial lawyer will advise you about the option of going to court.

Common FAQ’s

  • What do I do about dog-bite attack claims?

    Dog bites can be very dangerous for your health if they’re left untreated. You should immediately contact a doctor and seek medical treatment for a dog bite. You should also speak to the owner of the dog about the incident and announce your intentions to file a claim. You can also choose to report the incident to local animal services, but allow your conversation with the owner to dictate whether that step is necessary. Finally, contact a dog bite attorney to discuss options for how to press forward with your claim.

  • How do you handle a dog bite case?

    A dog owner will likely try to challenge your claim by arguing, conversely, that the dog was provoked to attack. In South Carolina, dog owners may not be liable for dog bite injuries if the animal is teased or provoked towards an attack. That’s why it’s important to hire an experienced dog bite legal firm, like HawkLaw, which also maintains a proven investigative team that collects evidence and reconstructs the circumstances of a case to help prove the merits of your claim.

  • Should you sue after a dog bite?

    It’s entirely up to you and the severity of the bite. You should speak to your dog bite lawyer about whether a full lawsuit is warranted for your case, or whether you should only press for a claim to cover the medical treatment and any psychological trauma incurred from the dog bite attack.

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