If you suffered a dog bite injury, you may be able to hold the dog’s owner liable for injuries, even if there is no history of aggressive or vicious behavior from the dog.
At George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, our attorneys know how South Carolina’s dog bite laws work. A dog bite lawyer in Moncks Corner, SC, from our firm can handle your case on a contingency basis.* We can go after the compensation you deserve, including compensation to cover your medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses.
Damages Possible in a Moncks Corner, SC, Dog Bite Case
The police or animal control officers who responded to the scene of your bite likely advised you to see a doctor, even if the bite was relatively minor. This is always a good idea since dogs’ mouths are full of bacteria and the risk of infection is high. We can help you file a claim to recover compensation, even if it only includes:
- Permanent injury
- Pain and suffering damages
- A visit to urgent care or a local emergency department
- Wound cleaning
- Infection control measures
- A follow-up with your doctor
After a serious attack, however, you may have a much larger case. We can document all your damages, your expenses and losses and try to go after the full value owed to you for your ordeal. A dog bite could cost more than you think. Depending on your unique situation, this may include:
- Reconstructive and plastic surgery
- Deep puncture wound treatment
- Treatment of nerve, tendon, and ligament damage
- Setting broken bones
- Other medical care and related expenses
- Rehabilitation and therapy
- Ongoing and/or future care costs
- Lost wages for your time away from work
- Diminished earning capacity if you cannot return to work
- Counseling costs for psychological damage
- Pain and suffering damages
- Mental anguish
- Other emotional damages
Winning a Dog Bite Case in Moncks Corner, SC
In Section 47-3-110 of the South Carolina Code, the state gives you the right to file an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit to try to hold the dog’s owner liable, in certain cases, if their animal attacked without provocation. Of course, they may deny your accusation. Evidence may “disappear.”
Some of the most common challenges we encounter in Moncks Corner dog bite cases include:
They Deny Their Dog Bit You
One of the reasons we recommend dialing 911 after a dog bite is the police will go to the scene. The police will complete a report to document the fact you suffered from a dog bite. All too often in the cases, the dog’s owner may deny their dog was the one who attacked you.
They may even deny your injuries came from a dog attack. Other evidence to help us counter this is your medical records. When you go to urgent care, the emergency department, or your doctor for care, your medical records can prove you suffered from a dog bite.
They Accuse You of Trespassing
The premises liability laws in South Carolina may make it difficult to hold the property owner liable if the injured party did not have permission to be on the property. However, invited guests are not the only type of visitor deemed legal under state law. To fight this type of claim, we may need to provide evidence to show one of the following scenarios:
- You were not on the dog owner’s property at the time of the attack.
- You had a duty to be on their property (examples include delivering a package or dropping off information about your lawn care business).
- You were an invited guest.
They Accuse You of Provoking the Dog
One of the most common defenses in a dog bite case involves the dog owner blaming the victim for the attack. They may claim you abused, teased, tormented, or otherwise provoked the dog.
Getting Compensation After a Moncks Corner, SC, Dog Bite
We may be able to negotiate a fair settlement agreement with the dog owner’s insurance, allowing us to avoid court and get you reimbursed sooner. We generally approach the insurance company with a letter explaining:
- Our evidence against their policyholder
- A list of your expenses and losses
- Our demand for a fair payout
Usually, the response to this letter is a counter-offer. This opens the door for settlement negotiations, and we may be able to reach a fair settlement agreement on your behalf.
If they deny our claim or refuse a fair agreement — or if the dog’s owner does not have insurance — we may need to litigate your case if the dog owner has property. This requires us to file a personal injury lawsuit, presenting your case to the judge and jury. We will be by your side throughout this process and will represent you with your best interests in mind.
Talk to a Dog Bite Lawyer Serving Moncks Corner, SC
If you suffered injuries from a dog bite, a dog bite lawyer serving Moncks Corner, SC, from George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers may be able to help.
We will review your case for free. We can help you understand your rights and legal options, and guide you through the process of filing an insurance claim or lawsuit. Receive a complimentary consultation with a member of our team.
Call our Moncks Corner office today at 843-407-0300.