Many people injured in dog attacks are not aware that compensation for a dog bite claim will most likely come from the dog owner’s homeowners’ insurance.
In fact, dog bites and other dog-related injuries represented more than a third of homeowners insurance claims paid in 2017, according to the Insurance Information Institute (III).
The fact that you or your child was bitten by a neighbor or relative’s dog should not prevent you from seeking compensation from the dog owner’s insurance.
Our attorneys also handle injury cases involving dog bites to deliverymen, trash collection workers and postal workers who are injured in the course of doing their jobs. If bitten by a dog, an injured worker may be entitled to file a worker’s compensation claim and also seek compensation from the dog owner.
The Charleston dog bite lawyers will investigate your injury claim to calculate your losses and identify what types of compensation you are entitled to seek as a result of your injuries. We can help you seek full compensation for your medical bills and other losses.
Dog owners in South Carolina are legally responsible for their pets and the injuries a dog causes if it bites or attacks someone.
South Carolina dog bite laws are clear-cut. If an individual is bitten or attacked by a dog while that person is in a public place in Charleston or is lawfully in a private place, then the owner of the dog or person in charge of the dog is liable for the injuries of the dog attack victim.
The dog owner or keeper of the dog is liable even if the dog has not previously bitten anyone or displayed vicious tendencies.
The dog owner liability law does not apply if the bite victim provoked the dog before the attack or if the dog is a trained Charleston K-9 police dog.
Our attorneys can review Charleston dog owner responsibilities with you and whether you are entitled to claim compensation after a dog attack.
Facts and Statistics on Dog Bite Injuries
More than a third of U.S. households have a dog.
More than half of dog bite injuries occur at homes involving dogs that are familiar such as family pets.
Approximately one out of five people bitten by a dog requires medical treatment.
Children are more likely than adults to be attacked by a dog and account for more than half of dog bite victims.
When bitten by a dog, a child is likely to suffer more severe injuries including facial injuries.
South Carolina had 287 dog bite settlements in 2017, with an average cost per claim of $33,000, the Insurance Information Institute reported.
Up to 18 percent of dog bites become infected.
Adults living in a household with two or more dogs are five times more likely to be bitten than those without dogs at home.