If an injury from a dog bite or animal attack on someone else’s property injures you or a family member,call George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers today. Our dog bite and animal attack lawyers in Simpsonville, SC, help residents and visitors who have fallen victim to dog bites and animal attacks recover compensation.
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Background of Dog Bite and Animal Attack Laws of South Carolina
Many South Carolinians don’t realize it, but our state and towns have all kinds of laws on the books about how pet owners should protect the public from dog bites and other attacks.
For example, according to Simpsonville’s Code of Ordinances, dogs off of their owners’ properties must be leashed at all times and are prohibited from entering Veterans Memorial and Heritage Park, as well as city athletic fields in many cases.
South Carolina law addresses the right to recover damages from animal owners when their pet injures someone.
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Dog Bites: Holding Owners Liable
South Carolina’s statute (S.C. Code § 47-3-110) on dog bites is very clear. If a dog attacks a person in a public place or on private property, “the dog owner or person having the dog in the person’s care or keeping is liable for the damages suffered by the person bitten or otherwise attacked.” There are three exceptions to this rule:
- The victim was trespassing on private property at the time of the attack.
- The victim “provoked or harassed the dog and that provocation was the proximate cause of the attack.”
- A police canine acting at the lawful command of a law enforcement official perpetrated the attack.
Dog owners and those caring for dogs may face criminal penalties for an attack in addition to legal liability to the victim.
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What About Non-Dog Animal Attacks?
When a domesticated animal other than a dog (even one as unusual as a pet raccoon) attacks someone in South Carolina, the law gives victims rights to seek damages under the well-established rules of “premises liability” and negligence.
“Premises liability” refers to the set of legal duties a property owner has to keep visitors safe from harm under certain conditions. A Simpsonville dog bite and animal attack attorney can help you figure out how premises liability rules apply to your animal attack.
South Carolinians also owe each other a general legal duty not to act in ways that can reasonably be expected to harm others (in other words, not to be “negligent”). That includes the way they handle their pets in public.
For example, the owner of a large snake may have legal liability if he allows the snake to escape and it harms his neighbor’s animals or children.
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George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers’ animal attack-related legal practice deals mostly with seeking compensation from pet owners for dog bites, although other pets have also harmed our clients and given them the right to seek damages.
Of course, we cannot offer any guarantee of a similar result in a particular case since each animal attack is different. Still, we can promise our personal injury lawyers will show compassion and determination in helping our clients seek justice when a dog bite or other attack disrupts their lives.
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Victims of any animal attack should seek immediate medical attention and report the bite to their local animal control agency. Dog bites, scratches, and other injuries pose a risk of infection and need to be taken seriously. If you lost a loved one to a dog bite or animal attack, you may be eligible to recover a payout through a wrongful death claim.
Once they have resolved any medical issues, Simpsonville animal attack victims may want to seek the advice of an animal attack attorney. At George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, our team understands how traumatizing a dog bite or other animal attack can be for the victim and the victim’s family, especially when a pet attacks a child.
We believe victims should receive compensation for their injuries from those who should have taken steps to prevent the attack. Our goal is to help victims receive the compensation they deserve by pursuing insurance companies or, if necessary, initiating a legal action in Greenville County or other courts.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in an attack by a dog or other domesticated animal in the Simpsonville area, contact the animal attack liability attorneys at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyersby phone or through our online form.
We offer a free case review with a member of our legal team and a dog bite and animal attack lawyer serving Simpsonville, SC, can meet you at our Greenville office, your home, the hospital, or wherever is most convenient for you.
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