Dog Bites

Darlington County, South Carolina Dog Bite Lawyer

Dog attacks are both physically and mentally traumatic. If you were recently attacked by a dog and incurred significant damages as a result, there’s a strong chance you’re now seeking financial compensation to help you heal. Please continue reading and contact a seasoned South Carolina dog bite lawyer from the James Law Office to learn more about how we can assist you.

Why Do I Need a Dog Bite Lawyer?

The dog bite laws in South Carolina are, in some ways, complex, so it’s paramount you have a Darlington, South Carolina personal injury lawyer in your corner who understands the ins and outs of these laws and who can effectively fight for the full and fair compensation to which you are entitled. Our firm is here to help you, every step of the way.

Can I Sue if I Was Attacked by a Dog in South Carolina?

In many states throughout the country, dog bite victims will have to prove that the dog had a “vicious propensity” for violence, meaning that the dog had a history of attacking others in the past and that the owner knew or should have known of the dog’s propensity for violence. This is not true in South Carolina.

Here in South Carolina, you either have to prove you were attacked by a dog while you were lawfully on private property, such as while at a friend or relative’s house, or while you were on public property at the time of the attack. That said, you should note that there are certain defenses available to dog owners in these cases. For example, if the dog owner can prove that you were trespassing on private property or that you were teasing the dog/otherwise provoked the attack, you likely won’t have a valid dog bite claim.

How Can Compensation Help Me After a Dog Attack?

After satisfying the burden of proof in your dog attack claim, you should be compensated for the monetary and non-monetary damages you’ve incurred as a result of your accident. Monetary damages are rather straightforward and can include things like lost wages and the cost of medical care after an injury, while non-monetary damages are a bit more subjective, and help accident victims deal with emotional trauma/anguish, pain and suffering, the loss of enjoyment of life, and more.

How Long Do I Have To Sue for a Dog Attack?

In South Carolina, dog bite victims typically will have three years from the date of the attack to take legal action against the party responsible for their injuries. If you wait any longer than three years, you’ll likely lose your right to sue.

Contact a Dog Bite Lawyer Today

Our firm understands the trauma often associated with dog attacks and injuries since we’ve seen it firsthand through our clients many times. Our goal is to help you get your life back after falling victim to such an attack, and we will stop at nothing to fight for your rightful compensation. Contact the James Law Office, LLC today to schedule your free consultation with our firm.

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