Has an injury sustained from a dog or other pet attack disrupted your or your family’s life? Call George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers today. Our dog bite and animal attack lawyers in Fort Mill, SC, represent Fort Mill-area residents in seeking compensation for injuries sustained in pet attacks.
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We are a personal injury law firm that exclusively represents victims of unexpected injuries. Most of our pet attack matters have involved injuries inflicted by dogs, although other pets have also caused their share of harm to our clients.
Because every domestic animal attack has its own unique circumstances, we can never guarantee similar results in future cases. But our Fort mill dog bite and animal attack attorneys can promise to treat every pet attack victim with compassion and fight for the best possible outcome.
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South Carolina Dog Bite & Animal Attack Law Information
State laws and local ordinances in South Carolina aim to shield the public from harm caused by unruly pets. Fort Mill’s animal control ordinances, for example, make it unlawful for “any person to permit any animal or fowl other than dogs or cats to run at-large upon the streets or on the property of another within the town.”
Even when Fort Mill and York County residents follow these rules, however, pets attack humans on a predictable basis. That is why South Carolina law also gives victims of pet attacks the right to take legal action for damages.
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Dog Bite Laws in South Carolina
S.C. Code § 47-3-110 treats dog bites and maulings as a special category of pet attack. Under the state’s “dog bite law,” the owner of a dog “or any person having the dog in the person’s care or keeping” will have strict legal liability to anyone the dog bites or attacks, unless one of three exceptions applies:
- The victim was a trespasser on the property where the attack happened;
- The victim “provoked or harassed the dog and that provocation was the proximate cause of the attack”; or
- The dog that attacked was a police canine acting on the lawful command of its handler.
Fort Mill-area dog owners may also face criminal sanctions if their dog attacks someone or if they created a situation that made an attack likely.
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Your Eligibility for Compensation in a Non-Dog Attack Matter
Attacks by non-dog pets (even unusual ones) can also lead to legal liability. Under South Carolina’s legal principle of “premises liability,” for instance, a property owner may have legal liability to visitors injured by a domestic animal on his property under certain circumstances. Dog bite and animal attack attorneys in Fort Mill, SC, from George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers can help a victim figure out if a property owner owes damages in their case.
Pet owners can also have legal liability to anyone their pets attack, even if they don’t own the property where the attack occurred. That is because pet owners, like all South Carolinians, have a duty not to take actions–including actions involving their pets–that will foreseeably lead to harm to others.
So, for example, if someone brings her pet mink out in public and fails to warn children who want to pet it that minks often bite without warning, she may have legal liability for the injuries her mink inflicts.
Our Legal Services in Your Bluffton, South Carolina Dog Bite or Animal Attack Case
A domestic animal attack can cause serious injuries and life-threatening infections. After dog bites, injured victims should seek immediate medical attention. They should also report the attack to appropriate animal control authorities in case the animal needs to be quarantined for observation. If a family member passed away because of a dog bite or animal attack, you may be able to recover damages through a wrongful death lawsuit.
Victims of pet attacks can also help protect their rights by obtaining legal advice from an attorney about whether they have rights to compensation for their injuries. Pet attacks can cause long-lasting physical and emotional trauma, especially to children. At George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, we help domestic animal attack victims seek payments from insurance companies and the parties responsible for the attacks, including by pursuing legal action in York County courts.
If a dog or other domestic animal inflicts injuries on you or a family member in the Fort Mill, South Carolina area, we may be able to help you recover significant compensation. Contact our team by phone or through our online form to schedule a free case review with a dog bite and animal attack lawyer serving Fort Mill, SC, at one of our offices around the state, at your home, or in the hospital.
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