What Makes a Valid Dog Bite Injury Claim in SC?

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There are few things more frightening than being attacked by a dog. This is, in large part, because we seldom expect it; dogs are widely regarded as “man’s best friend.” Unfortunately, dog attacks can, and do, happen, most often as a result of poorly trained dogs, or simply dogs with bad temperaments. That said, if you were injured in a dog attack, you’re most likely wondering whether you’ll qualify for compensation. Please continue reading and reach out to a seasoned Darlington County, South Carolina dog bite lawyer to learn whether you’ll have a dog bite injury claim and how our firm can help you through the process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What Constitutes a Valid Dog Bite Injury Claim in South Carolina?

The state of South Carolina does not observe the “one bite” rule, which is a good thing for victims of dog attacks. Because of this, if you’re a victim of a dog attack, all you’ll need to prove to have a valid claim is that you were attacked by a dog either on public property or while lawfully on private property, such as being invited to a friend’s house as a gust. That said, if the dog owner can prove that you provoked the attack in some way, such as by teasing the dog or by trespassing on their property, it will likely hurt your chances of winning your claim.

What Should I Do if I’m Attacked by a Dog and Afterward?

If you are attacked by a dog, the first thing you should do is call 911. They can assess your injuries, and ensure you’re transported to a hospital for treatment. Additionally, if need be, they can de-escalate the situation. You should also get the dog owner’s contact information, as well as that of anyone who witnessed the attack. If you can, take pictures of your injuries and ensure you keep copies of medical documentation concerning your injuries once you’re treated at a hospital. Finally, you should turn to a dedicated Darlington, South Carolina personal injury lawyer who can help you gather additional useful evidence, such as reports from neighbors regarding vicious dog behavior in the past, the dog’s medical history, and more.

How Long Do I Have To File My Claim?

In South Carolina, you have three years from the date of the attack to file a personal injury claim against the dog owner in question. Waiting longer than this will result in you losing your right to sue. Don’t wait–file today. We are here to help.

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James Law Office handles a wide array of personal injury claims, including injuries sustained in auto accidents, slip & fall accidents, and more. Contact our firm today.

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