South Carolina Dog Bite Injury Laws

Did your dog bite or attack someone causing injury? You will need to know if you’re going to be held accountable for what happened or the after-effects because of it.  Perhaps you were the victim and got bit by someone else’s dog in North Charleston, and you want to know if they are responsible for paying your medical bills.

Below is an outline of the South Carolina dog bite injury laws and what you can expect if you find yourself in this scary situation.

“Strict Liability” For Dog Bites in South Carolina

In South Carolina, a dog owner may be held liable if their dog physically injures a person. South Carolina’s dog bite law is a “strict liability” law which means that the dog’s owner is liable even if they didn’t know and couldn’t have known the dog would attack or bite.

Defending A Dog Bite Injury Claim

If you’ve been faced with a dog bite claim, as the dog’s owner you could claim provocation and trespassing as your defense, for instance, if your dog was abused, teased, or harassed by the injured party. Trespassing is another defense that may apply in your case if the injured party was on your private property without your permission.

Lawsuit Time Limit

If you were injured by a dog the statute of limitations applies means that you have a limit of three years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit in the state’s civil court system.

North Charleston Injury Lawyers

If you’ve been involved in a dog bite, then call Wern Lawyers of North Charleston.  We’ll help you understand your rights and get you through the claim process as smoothly as possible. Visit us today.

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