If an injury inflicted by someone else’s dog, cat, or other pet disrupts your life, call George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers today. Our dog bite and animal lawyers in Rock Hill, SC, represent residents in actions to recover compensation for injuries sustained in pet attacks.
We know that dog bite injuries can wind up being more costly than people think, so we aim to pursue the fullest extent of damages appropriate for your case.
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How George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers Can Assist You
With offices throughout The Palmetto State, our law firm exclusively represents victims of serious personal injuries. Clients frequently seek our help after someone’s pet – especially a dog – has caused them harm.
Every domestic animal attack has its own unique facts, however, so we cannot promise success in advance. We can promise, however, that our dog bite and animal attorneys in Rock Hill, SC, will deliver a consistently high quality of legal service to every one of our clients as we have for years on behalf of injured South Carolinians.
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A Glimpse of South Carolina Dog Bite & Animal Attack Law
State statutes and local laws in South Carolina try to shield the public from pet injuries. Rock Hill’s animal control ordinance, for example, provides that “[n]o person may own or harbor an animal for the purpose of fighting or train, torment, badger, bait or use an animal for the purpose of causing or encouraging the animal to unprovoked attacks upon human beings or domestic animals.”
Even when Rock Hill residents follow these and other pet ownership rules, however, pet attacks still occur. When they do, South Carolina law gives victims the right to take legal action for damages.
Dog Bites and Attack Laws in SC
S.C. Code § 47-3-110 contains specific provisions addressing dog bites and maulings. Under this “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 any person the dog attacks unless:
- 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 police handler.
Rock Hill dog owners may also face criminal prosecution for creating a situation that made a dog attack probable.
The Matter of “Premises Liability” and Owner “Negligence” in Non-Dog Animal Attacks
Attacks by pets other than dogs (even unusual ones) can also lead to legal liability. Under South Carolina’s legal principle of “premises liability,” for instance, a property owner may owe damages to a visitor who sustained a pet attack injury on his property, provided the visitor wasn’t trespassing at the time. Pet attack injury attorneys at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers have the know-how to determine whether a property owner owes damages in a particular case.
Pet owners can also have legal liability to victims of pet misbehavior, even if they don’t own the property where attacks occur. All South Carolinians have a duty to take reasonable care not to put each other in harm’s way, including in how they handle their pets. So, for instance, if someone brings her pet mink to a public park and fails to warn people that minks have a tendency to attack without warning, she may have legal liability for any injuries her mink causes.
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Contact George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers for Your Rock Hill, South Carolina Dog Bite or Animal Attack
A pet attack can inflict serious injuries and cause deadly infections. Rock Hill residents should seek immediate medical attention for injuries sustained in a pet attack. By local ordinance, they must also report the attack to animal control authorities and, if the animal was a cat or dog, quarantine it for at least ten days. If a loved one passed away because of a dog bite or animal attack, you may be able to receive a payout through a wrongful death claim.
Victims of pet attacks can protect their legal rights by speaking with a personal injury attorney about their options. Pet attacks can inflict serious physical, emotional, and financial trauma, especially on children and their families. At George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, we help pet attack victims obtain compensation from insurance companies and the parties responsible for the attacks, including by taking legal action in York County courts.
If a domestic animal harms you or a family member in the Rock Hill, South Carolina area, we may be able to help you recover significant compensation for your injuries. Contact our team by phone or online to schedule a free case review with a dog bite and animal attack lawyer serving Rock Hill, SC, at one of our offices around the state, your home, or in the hospital.
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