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South Carolina Dog Bite Lawyer

Dog attacks can be traumatic. Don’t let the liable party get away with it. Call a dedicated dog bite lawyer in South Carolina for help.

If you or your child has been bitten by a dog, you may be feeling scared and confused about what to do now. The dog’s owner may be refusing to cover your medical costs, and that’s only the beginning of the ways your life has been affected by the attack. 

Thankfully, a South Carolina dog bite lawyer can help you overcome the odds and hold the dog’s owner accountable for their negligence. At Monge & Associates, we aren’t afraid to do whatever it takes to get you the compensation you’re entitled to.

Below, we describe in further detail how South Carolina’s dog bite laws work and the exceptions that you’ll need to know about if you move forward with your lawsuit. 

Dog Bite Laws in South Carolina

Dog bite laws in South Carolina are very victim-friendly. South Carolina is a strict liability state for dog bites. This means that dog owners are held strictly liable for the injuries that their dogs cause in a bite, attack, or other incident. It does not matter whether the dog has previously shown a propensity for viciousness or bit someone before. 

You might have thought the dog owner would be willing to cover the costs that their dog caused, but doing so could deem their dog dangerous, and lead to severe consequences. 

But that doesn’t mean you aren’t entitled to compensation. If a dog attacked or bit you, you may have grounds for civil claim against the dog owner. A South Carolina dog bite attorney can assist you in building your case.

Exceptions to South Carolina Strict Liability Dog Bite Laws

South Carolina may be a strict liability state for dog bites, but there are situations in which the dog owner may be able to avoid culpability.

The first is if the person who was injured was trespassing on the dog owner’s property when they were attacked. Someone committed a crime or trespassing is not covered under the dog owner’s duty of care. 

Dog owners can also avoid being found liable if the person who was attacked was provoking the dog into acting aggressively. Such types of provocation could include:

  • Hitting
  • Kicking
  • Yelling
  • Throwing objects
  • Spitting
  • Making loud noises
  • Other acts of aggression toward the dog
  • Other acts of aggression toward someone else

If any of these are a concern in your case, you need to contact our office to discuss your legal options in further detail. 

Call a Dog Bite Lawyer in South Carolina

When injuries you’ve sustained in a dog attack have had a devastating impact on your life, you can empower yourself by filing a claim against the dog owner. 

When you need an experienced South Carolina dog bite lawyer on your side, reach out to Monge & Associates to schedule your free, no-obligation case evaluation. Call our office at 800-421-0174 or complete the quick contact form we have provided below.