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If a Dog Bites Me, Can I Sue the Dog’s Owner?


Back in May, a 34-year-old man was found dead on a dirt road in South Carolina. According to The Charlotte Observer, the man’s body showed signs that he was the victim of a dog attack.

The man’s body was found on Bailey Saw Mill Road in Chesterfield County. When law enforcement arrived on the scene, they noticed several dogs in the vicinity. As they examined the man’s body, they observed that his clothes had been shredded and his body had bite marks on it. Reportedly, four of the dogs were taken into custody and sent to have dental impressions done.

Prior to this incident, there had been reports of vicious dogs in the area. One of those incidents reportedly involved a woman who lives in the neighborhood getting attacked by dogs while trail-riding her horse. She alleged that the dogs’ owners refused to help her during the attack because they were afraid of horses.

Fortunately, the woman and her horse were able to escape the incident with their lives.

Can I Hold a Dog Owner Liable for a Dog Bite Injury?

In certain situations, dog owners can be held responsible for the actions of their dogs. The following are the criteria a dog bite injury needs to meet for a dog’s owner to be held liable:

  • The dog bit or attacked the victim and injured them
  • The injury victim did not provoke the dog
  • The injury victim was in a public place (or lawfully in a private location) at the time of the dog bite or attack

A dog attack can describe a variety of actions, including a dog scratching a person (especially if the scratch leads to a cut or infection) or a dog jumping on a person (especially if it causes the person to fall and suffer a fall-related injury).

Speak with Our Experienced Dog Bite Lawyers in Charleston for Free Today

For more than 20 years, our team of attorneys at Pierce, Sloan, Kennedy & Early LLC have been providing injury victims and their families in Charleston, its surrounding communities, and throughout South Carolina with legal representation they can count on. Even though dogs are man’s best friend, that doesn’t mean they won’t occasionally hurt us, especially if their owners are negligent and allow it to happen.

If a negligent dog owner’s actions or inaction has resulted in you or someone you love suffering a dog bite or dog attack injury, our experienced personal injury lawyers can help. We won’t rest until we’ve done everything legally possible to bring those whose negligence led to your pain and suffering to justice. This includes securing the compensation you need for hospital bills, rehabilitation costs, loss of income, living expenses, and more.

To learn more about dog bite lawsuits, and what to do following a dog bite or dog attack injury, give us a call at (843) 968-0886 or reach out to us online today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with our experienced dog bite attorneys.

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