Understanding Duty of Care in Dog Parks and Pet-Friendly Venue Incidents

With the rise of dog ownership in the United States, there come certain legal obligations that all dog owners should follow. Dog owners have specific duties, whether they realize it or not, especially regarding how their pets interact with others….

Warning Signs a Dog May Bite

Dogs are beloved family members to nearly half (45.3%) of South Carolinians, providing companionship, love, and loyalty. However, every year, around 4.5 million people are bitten by a dog, highlighting that even the most docile and domesticated dog can attack….

Why Thanksgiving is One of the Deadliest Holidays

It might come as a surprise that Thanksgiving, a holiday of gratitude and togetherness, is among the most dangerous in the U.S. Thanksgiving sees increased rates of fires, drunk driving, and serious injuries. Some of these injuries may leave victims…

Accident Victims Often Suffer Post-Traumatic Stress

In recognition of National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Month, it is essential to recognize that combat veterans aren’t the only people in our country to experience the disorder. Many people suffer from PTSD after other traumatic events, like car…

A Primer on South Carolina Dog Bite Law

According to the 2023-2024 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, 66% of U.S. households own a pet, and approximately 65.1 million homes own a dog. Unfortunately, as pet ownership increases  year over year, the number of dog bites has also risen….

The Explosion of Emotional Support Animals

Blog by: Attorney Ken Harrell Recently, I came across an article by licensed counselor Cynthia Chandler in “Counseling Today” titled “Is there an epidemic of emotional support animals?” Lest anyone wonder about how I spend my spare time, my wife is…