Columbia Dog Bite Lawyers
Dog owners have a responsibility towards others to ensure that their pets do not attack or otherwise harm them. Sadly, far too many dog owners fail to take the steps and precautions needed to prevent dog bites and attacks. As a result, dog bites cause hundreds of thousands of serious injuries each year in the United States.
At the Goings Law Firm, LLC, our team understands the pain and suffering those in Columbia and throughout South Carolina who have been the victim of a dog bite or attack go through. Fortunately, in order to ensure that the victims of dog bites and other attacks are not left to deal with the effects of their injuries by themselves, personal injury laws allow victims in these circumstances to seek compensation from the negligent owner for their undue suffering and losses.
South Carolina Dog Bite Law
Some states allow for a “one free bite” scenario. In those states, the dog owner or keeper is not liable for the dog’s attack if it was the first attack and the dog hadn’t otherwise shown any signs of aggressiveness. Fortunately, South Carolina dog bite and animal laws do not excuse a dog’s first bite or attack. South Carolina’s laws provides greater protection for dog bite victims. S. C. Section 47-3-110 provides “strict liability” against any dog owner or caretaker for any injuries sustained from dog attacks. In other words, whether a person is attacked by a dog in a public place or in a private place such as the dog owner’s home or yard, the dog owner is liable for any injuries. Also, a person who is caring for or keeping the dog, even if not the owner, can be liable for any injuries if the dog attacks a person. The only exception to this “strict liability” statute is if the victim provokes the dog into attacking. This defense is similar to contributory negligence in other types of cases. Another defense is often that the victim is unlawfully on the property or a trespasser.
Consequences of Dog Bites
Dog bites can cause victims to suffer a range of different injuries and harm, with some of the most common being:
- Puncture wounds
- Broken bones
- Nerve Damage
- Psychological and emotional trauma
- Wrongful Death
All of these potential consequences of a dog bite attack cannot and should not be considered acceptable, and the owners of these animals need to be held accountable when they fail to ensure the safety of others.
Speak with a Dog Bite Attorney in Columbia, South Carolina
Many dog bites and attacks are preventable. Regrettably, the negligence of dog owners all too often allows innocent people to suffer extreme harm when a dog attacks. If you have been the victim of a dog bite or attack, call (803) 350-9230. Our lawyers at the Goings Law Firm, LLC, strive to help victims of dog bites to get the justice and financial compensation they deserve, and may be able to help you.