If you are the victim of a dog bite or attack in South Carolina, then you have a personal injury claim against the dog’s owner or keeper. The Charleston dog bite attorneys at Futeral & Nelson, LLC can help. In this article, our Charleston dog bite lawyers explain your legal rights if you are attacked by a dog and give practical tips to avoid being the victim of a dog attack.
South Carolina Law Favors Dog Bite Victims
Some states allow for a “one bite” scenario. In those states, the dog owner or keeper is not liable for the dog’s attack if it was the first attack and the dog hadn’t otherwise shown any signs of aggressiveness. South Carolina’s laws don’t allow for “one bite.” Instead, South Carolina’s laws favor dog bite victims. Section 47-3-110 is a “strict liability” statute. In other words, whether a person is attacked by a dog in a public place or in a private place such as the dog owner’s home or yard (assuming you were lawfully on that person’s property), the dog owner is liable for any injuries. Also, a person who is caring for or keeping the dog, even if not the owner, can be liable for any injuries if the dog attacks a person. The only exception to this “strict liability” statute is if the victim provokes the dog into attacking.