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While dogs may be “man’s best friend,” a dog attack can be an overwhelming, painful experience. If you were attacked without provocation, talk to a South Carolina dog bite attorney about your options for recovering compensation.
Dogs are a popular pet—and with good reason. Many of us think of our dogs as companions, and in many cities across South Carolina, you’ll see dogs everywhere. Unfortunately, not all dogs are well-behaved, and you might have been bitten without doing anything to the dog.
A dog bite claim can be complex because you’re dealing with severe injuries but may be confused about who’s responsible for what happened and how to get the compensation you need. And the dog’s owner might fight back to avoid paying for your injuries.
Instead of tackling these obstacles alone, contact a South Carolina dog bite lawyer at HawkLaw, PA. Our attorneys will review your case and help you fight back after a dog attack.
When a dog attacks, the damages could be severe for several reasons. First, remember that many of our furry friends have extremely strong jaws. This means you might see more than puncture wounds caused by teeth—you might also experience crushing injuries. A bite on the hand could result in broken bones, which is especially painful.
But the teeth can do plenty of damage, too. Because dogs’ teeth are so sharp and long, a bite may go deep, which is hard to clean. Unfortunately, that means that your infection risk is high, and an infection could mean more time in the hospital.
If you’ve been bitten by a dog and you’re seeing red streaks or feeling pain around the bite, see a doctor quickly. An infection can be dangerous if left untreated, and medical evidence of your injury may help your claim for compensation, even if your infection doesn’t seem severe at this point.
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.
After you’ve been bitten, you’ll need to be prepared to handle the South Carolina laws relevant to dog attacks. Knowing these laws is vital to securing full compensation. If you make a mistake, you could lose part or all of your compensation.
First, keep in mind that you’ll only have three years to file a claim for your dog bite. While three years may seem like plenty of time to file, it’s easy to run out of time while trying to juggle your claim and your injuries. Your may need a dog bite lawyer in South Carolina to help you speed things along. Otherwise, your case could be dismissed, meaning you would no longer be able to recover compensation.
Once you’ve filed your claim, you’ll also need to make sure you can prove that you didn’t provoke the dog and that you were either lawfully on private property or on public property. While dog owners are responsible for the damages their dogs cause, they’re not usually responsible for the damages of trespassers and those who provoked the dog to attack.
Consider speaking to an attorney about your dog attack. We can help you keep all these laws and others in mind, taking the burden off of you and giving you more time to focus on healing from your wounds.
A dog bite is a traumatic event that can make it difficult to look at “man’s best friend” the same way again. Your injuries are likely painful, and your recovery could take time. Worse, you didn’t do anything to provoke the dog to bite you.
It’s a difficult situation, but it’s one a lawyer from HawkLaw, PA can help you manage. It’s tough to recover from your injuries and deal with a personal injury claim all at once, but our attorneys can help you handle your claim.
You probably have questions, and we definitely have the answers. That’s why we offer free consultations. We’ll review your claim and discuss what we can do for you before you sign anything.
If you’re ready to start seeking compensation, a South Carolina dog bite lawyer at our firm is here for you. Call 1-888-HAWK-LAW (429-5529) or fill out the online contact form below to get started.