Dog bite injuries can be serious and lead to infection, scarring, or other impairments. If you or a loved one was bitten by a dog, George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers is here to help. An Orangeburg dog bite lawyer from our team can identify the liable party, build your case, and pursue the damages you need.
We offer free case evaluations and handle these cases on a contingency-fee basis. You do not owe any attorney’s fees unless we recover damages for you. Just focus on getting better and leave the rest to us.
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We Can Seek These (and Other) Damages On Your Behalf in South Carolina
Recoverable damages in your dog bite case depend on the severity of your injuries, necessary treatment, and other losses.
Once we evaluate your case, we will pursue:
Past and Future Medical Care and Related Expenses
The nature of your condition will determine the medical care you need. Compensable healthcare costs include:
- Ambulance transportation
- Emergency department care
- Medical imaging and other diagnostic tests
- Treatment and care
- Rehabilitation and prescribed therapies
- Prescription medication
- Medical equipment
- Mobility and accessibility equipment
Other Economic Damages
Economic damages comprise your direct financial losses. We can seek:
- Lost wages
- Diminished future earning capacity
- Loss of support
- Mental health counseling
- Lost bonuses, tips, and employee benefits
Non-economic damages refer to the physical and emotional trauma of your accident. Some recoverable non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish (including anxiety and depression)
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Loss of enjoyment of life
We will seek the full cost of your damages either through a claim or lawsuit. We will calculate your losses based on your case’s evidence.
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How Our Team Can Build Your Injury Claim or Lawsuit
We’ve protected the rights of injured claimants for decades. We understand how South Carolina’s dog bite laws work and what legal strategies benefit our clients.
We will conduct an investigation into the dog attack that caused your injuries by:
- Interviewing witnesses and reviewing witness statements
- Proving you did not provoke the attack
- Searching for previous incidents involving the same dog
- Reviewing reports from police and animal control
- Collecting documentation of your full range of damages
- Working with medical experts to understand your future and ongoing care needs
Our team will manage your case’s necessary communications and represent you in front of the judge and jury if we go to trial. If you give us adequate time, we can also file your case’s paperwork within the appropriate deadlines.
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Dog Bites Can Result in These Injuries
We’re determined to seek compensation for you or an injured loved one. We will consult with your healthcare team to better understand your diagnosis and prognosis. We can also use your doctors’ testimony to estimate the cost of your future healthcare expenses.
Some injuries from dog bites include:
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Puncture wounds
- Torn flesh
- Tendon, ligament, and other soft tissue injuries
- Broken bones
- Lost toes, fingers, and other appendages
Dog bites can also result in psychological injuries, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
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These Local Ordinances May Apply to Your Case
The city of Orangeburg has laws in place to protect residents from dangerous dogs. Consider how the following laws may support your case for compensation:
- All dogs must be on a leash when in public spaces. Otherwise, they’re considered to be “roaming” and “at large.”
- All dogs and cats must have the rabies vaccine. All vaccinated animals also must have the rabies tag attached to their collars.
- Orangeburg County does not ban any specific dog breeds. However, in the previous months, South Carolina has tried to pass restrictions on pit bull ownership, per the American Kennel Club.
We will build your case in accordance with federal, state, and local laws.
Commonly Asked Questions About Dog Bite Cases in Orangeburg
You may have one or more of the following questions about your case:
Does It Matter What Breed of Dog Bit Me?
As noted, neither South Carolina nor Orangeburg explicitly bans certain dog breeds. As long as you did not provoke the dog, you could have grounds for a claim or lawsuit.
What Should I Do After Being Bitten By a Dog?
Seek medical care. On the surface, your injuries may appear as minor puncture wounds. However, dogs’ mouths are full of germs. You don’t want to risk getting an infection, which can lead to further health complications.
Who Can be Liable for My Losses?
Liability in your case depends on who owned the dog. For instance, if you were bitten by a dog at a friend’s house, you could pursue damages from your friend’s homeowner’s insurance. However, if you were attacked at a pet store, liability could fall with the premises’ owner.
What Happens if the Dog’s Owner Says I Provoked the Dog?
We will use security camera footage, witness testimony, and the dog’s history to assert you did not provoke the dog. Just because the other party denies liability doesn’t make them innocent. Our lawyers can manage everything about fault and liability in your case.
Connect With Our Team Serving Orangeburg, SC
George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers is here to protect your rights and pursue your expenses and losses.¹ When you enlist our help with your case, you can focus on getting better and leave the rest to us.
Call us today at (803) 816-1111 for your free case review with our staff.
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