The Myrtle Beach personal injury attorneys at Joye Law Firm represent victims of dog attacks and their families. Our lawyers understand the impact that a serious dog bite can have on your life. You may suffer both physical injuries and emotional trauma and never look at “man’s best friend” the same way again. These injuries can prevent you from returning to your job and enjoying life in general.
When dog owners fail to restrain their animals or keep them under control, they can be held responsible for their carelessness or disregard for public safety. Dog bite victims need trusted legal guidance and answers to their questions after an attack.
For 50 years, the attorneys at Joye Law Firm have been dedicated to serving injured people across South Carolina. Our Myrtle Beach dog bite lawyers can explain your legal rights and dog owners’ responsibilities under South Carolina civil law. Our attorneys are prepared to fight for full compensation for dog bite victims injured by others’ negligence. Schedule your free consultation today by calling (877) 936-9707.
When a dog bites someone, the victim could suffer from an array of injuries including flesh wounds, nerve damage, disfigurement and, in extreme cases, death. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 4.7 million dog bites happen across America every year, with 800,000 of those bites requiring medical care.
Dog bite injuries in Myrtle Beach can happen in many ways, although the most common injuries include:
When an innocent person is attacked by a dog without provocation in Myrtle Beach, the dog’s owner may be held liable for the injuries the dog causes.
The state of South Carolina has a strict liability law, meaning that dog owners may be liable for unprovoked attacks, even if the owner did not have prior knowledge that the dog was dangerous or had violent tendencies.
Victims must produce evidence that:
South Carolina requires dog bite lawsuits to be filed within three (3) years of the date of the injury.
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South Carolina law addresses the responsibilities of dog owners. The law specifies the rules apply to any breed of dog, although extra care must be given to those dogs with violent tendencies.
Myrtle Beach dog owners’ responsibilities include:
Dog bites may not only land the owner in civil court, but could lead to jail time for subsequent offenses.
A dog bite victim may demand compensation for medical expenses for treatment of injuries, lost income from days of missed work and other expenses related to the dog attack. Our dog bite attorneys will review your medical bills and future medical treatment needs and come up with an estimate of your losses including:
Our attorneys will review the details of the accident and identify the individual whose negligence or disregard for safety caused the dog attack. We also will determine the sources of insurance available to provide compensation. Dog bites and dog-related injuries accounted for more than a third of homeowners’ insurance claims paid in 2017, according to the Insurance Information Institute.
Our attorneys are committed to holding the dog owner accountable and pursuing full compensation to help you move forward after a traumatic dog bite injury.
Here are answers to some questions our attorneys have received over the years regarding Myrtle Beach dog bite lawsuits and premises liability.
I was bitten at my friend’s house. Should I still take legal action?
Injuries you sustained from a dog attack at a friend’s home may require legal action to protect your interests, especially if the attack causes you to miss work or incur costly medical expenses. If your friend has homeowners’ insurance, the compensation you receive would most likely come from a claim against the dog owner’s homeowners’ policy.
This is important to note, because many people are bitten by dogs that are owned by family members, friends, or neighbors. When this happens, it is understandably difficult to discuss legal action. When an injury claim is filed against a dog owner’s homeowners’ insurance policy, the insurer will be the one required to pay.
Does a dog have to bite me for me to seek compensation?
If an unrestrained dog dashes from their yard and knocks you over, any injuries sustained by that dog’s pounce may qualify for civil action. The law stipulates that pouncing, intimidation that causes injury, and physical attacks are covered under South Carolina dog bite laws.
My loved one died from a dog attack. What can I do for them?
A dog owner may be held liable if his or her dog causes fatal injuries in an unprovoked attack in Myrtle Beach. Premises liability laws generally cover dog attacks and the injuries sustained from them. South Carolina allows the close relatives of a deceased individual to file a wrongful death lawsuit. In South Carolina, wrongful death actions have a three-year statute of limitations. The head of estate, spouse, or family member can file this action against the dog owner.
Can I hold police K9 dogs responsible for injuries?
Police dogs are typically shielded from personal injury litigation, provided that the K9 dog was properly trained, certified by the state of South Carolina and was acting on command of the law enforcement officer. However, if (for example) that K9 jumped the officer’s privacy fence at their residence while off-duty and caused an injury, the owner would be liable under premises liability laws.
If I defend myself from an attack but kill the dog, am I liable?
According to the Code of Laws section 47-3-770, persons who are attacked or witness another being attacked may use reasonable force to repel that attack. No person will be held liable for such repelling. Contact our Myrtle Beach dog bite law firm immediately if you fear repercussions for killing a dog that attacked you.
One out of five dog bites that happen each year require medical attention. If you were attacked without provoking the dog and the injuries were serious enough to require medical treatment, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills.
If we take your dog bite accident claim, we will not charge you until we’ve settled your case, or we win at jury trial. To learn more about how we can help you after a dog attack in Myrtle Beach, contact us today at (877) 936-9707.
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