If someone’s pet in the Clinton area has injured you or a family member, call George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers today. Our dog bite and animal attack lawyers in Clinton, SC, help pet attack victims take legal action to seek compensation for their injuries.
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Benefits of Working with Us
Most of George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers’ pet attack clients come to us after suffering an injury in a dog assault, although we have also represented clients with injuries inflicted by other domestic animals. We’re proud of our strong track record, of course, but still, our personal injury lawyers cannot guarantee any client we can recover compensation for them.
Every pet-inflicted injury has its own unique set of facts and circumstances. Instead, our dog bite and animal attack attorneys in Clinton, SC, promise to serve our clients’ interests with the same degree of integrity, skill, and determination that has brought us success in past matters.
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Background of South Carolina Dog Bite & Animal Attack Law
Pet owners in Clinton and throughout Laurens County have legal obligations under state laws and local ordinances to keep others safe from pet misbehavior. Laurens County animal control ordinances, for instance, prohibit dog and cat owners from allowing “dangerous” pets to run free, even on their own properties.
These rules help prevent pet attacks, but they can’t eliminate them. That is why, when a dog mauling or other pet attack injures a Clinton resident or visitor, South Carolina law gives victims legal rights to seek compensation.
South Carolina Dog Bite Laws
Dog bites and maulings are the most common pet attack in South Carolina. For that reason, S.C. Code § 47-3-110 imposes “strict” legal liability on any “dog owner or person having [a] dog in the person’s care or keeping” for “the damages suffered by [a] person bitten or otherwise attacked” by the dog, except when:
- The attack happened while the victim was trespassing on someone’s property;
- The victim “provoked or harassed the dog and that provocation was the proximate cause of the attack”; or
- The attack was committed by a police dog acting at the lawful command of its handler.
Clinton dog owners and those tending to dogs here may also risk criminal prosecution if they fail to comply with state and local dog ownership rules.
A Non-Dog Animal Attack in SC
Owners of non-dog pets also have legal liability for their pets’ aggression in South Carolina. Under the legal doctrine of “premises liability,” the owner of the property where a domestic animal attack occurs can face legal liability for damages to the victim, no matter how unusual the animal is, under certain conditions. An attorney who represents pet attack victims can help determine the liability of a property owner.
Regardless of the location of a pet attack, pet owners can also owe damages to their pets’ victims. Under South Carolina “negligence” standards, a pet owner must not tend to (or fail to tend to) his or her pet in a manner that is likely to result in harm to others. So, for example, the owner of a pet iguana may have to compensate the family of a child bitten by said iguana if he fails to keep the reptile in an appropriate enclosure.
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Legal Assistance for a Clinton, South Carolina Dog Bite or Animal Attack
If you sustain an injury in a domestic animal attack, seek immediate medical attention. The risk of serious infection after a dog bite or laceration can be very high. Be aware that you may also have a duty to report the attack to an animal control officer who can screen the animal for rabies.
As a domestic animal attack victim, you can protect your legal rights by consulting with a skilled animal attack liability attorney as soon as possible. Dog maulings and other pet assaults inflict lasting physical and emotional harm, especially on children. At George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, we have the resources to pursue compensation on behalf of pet attack victims through negotiated settlements and, if necessary, by taking legal action in Laurens County courts.
Seek help for your Clinton, South Carolina, domestic animal attack injury today. The team at our firm may be able to help you recover significant compensation. Contact us by phone or online to schedule a free case review with one of our dog bite and animal attack lawyers serving Clinton, SC, at one of our offices around South Carolina, at home, or in the hospital if that’s most convenient for you.
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