Helping You Get Compensation for an Animal Attack
South Carolina dog owners are responsible for the actions of their pets. If a dog attacks a visitor or a passerby because the owner did not make sure the dog was properly contained, the owner should be held liable for the victim’s injuries. Dog attack in South Carolina can be very traumatizing for anyone and can cause serious scarring and injury. If you or someone you know has been bitten by a dog, a South Carolina personal injury attorney from George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers can help you file a claim against the owner.
Damages Caused by Dog Bites
Dog bites are extremely painful and difficult to clean. Puncture wounds caused by a dog’s teeth can be deep and hard to flush out, making them more likely to become infected. Dog bites can also cause the flesh to be torn and require stitches or surgery. These types of dog bites can also cause lasting scars that damage a person’s self-esteem.
What to Do After a Dog Bite in South Carolina?
- Get medical treatment. Just as with any accident or injury, it is best for your own safety to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Dog bites can result in serious infections and some dogs may transmit certain diseases such as rabies.
- Identify the dog and its owner. Depending on the situation, it may be difficult to determine to whom a dog may belong. Be careful when attempting to identify a dog, especially after an attack. If you don’t know the dog or its owner, you can ask neighbors, witnesses, and other bystanders if they have seen the dog before or if they know the owner.
- Relevant information and evidence – including photos. Collect the information of the dog owner, information about the dog, and contact information from any witnesses who may have seen the attack. You can also take pictures or video of the dog, the scene, and any visible injuries.
- File a report. If you are able to do so, file a report with law enforcement or your local animal control. The report will help provide further evidence of your attack and will include information recorded by a neutral third party.
- Contact a lawyer. If you’ve been injured by a dog, you should always contact an attorney who can help you understand your legal rights, the dog bite laws that may apply to your case, and whether you may be able to file a successful claim for damages. It’s important to seek legal representation as soon as possible and to work with attorneys who have experience handling dog bite cases.
- Time is of the Essence. Time is of the essence in this sort of case. Preserving evidence, finding the dog’s owner and getting witness statements are best done immediately. Let our experience, legal knowledge, and investigative resources help you while you recover from your injuries.
Anyone who has been attacked by a dog should seek immediate medical attention in order to get the wound cleaned and bandaged to prevent infection. Common infections resulting from poorly treated or untreated dog bites.
Common infections after Dog Bites in South Carolina
- Staph Infections
- Sepsis (blood poisoning)
Contact a Dog Bite Injury Attorney in South Carolina
Our firm has helped more than 40,000 South Carolinians1 win the compensation that they deserved for personal injuries of all kinds. We will give our full attention and dedication to recovering as much as possible for your case and get your South Carolina dog bite compensation. Contact us today!