South Carolina Attorneys Explain Your Rights When Attacked by a Dog or Animal in South Carolina
Legal advocates when you or your loved one is attacked
Dog bites are the most common form of domestic animal attack visitors to premises other than their own suffer. Cats, birds and other domestic pets can also bite, scratch, or claw causing severe physical harm. Many attacks happen while someone is visiting a friend or a neighbor. Some animal attacks happen when the animal wanders off the property or the owner is taking the pet for a walk. Animal attacks can be extremely dangerous because the animal may know no boundaries. The bite or attack can cause severe harm and a lifetime fear of animals.
The lawyers at McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, have a long history of successfully representing the victims of animal attacks. A South Carolina dog and animal attack lawyer understands the current premises liability law that often holds the owner of the pet or the home liable for the attack. We have the experience to appreciate that while some states hold that animals need to have bitten somebody else beforehand, that is not the case in South Carolina. Dog owners can be held liable even if the dog never exhibited any violent tendencies before. We also explain to our clients that damages are usually paid by the animal owner’s homeowners insurance.
The grim statistics
Dogs are the leading cause of animal attacks across the U.S. Statistics from Dog Bite Research show dangerous dog attacks can be, especially attacks on children.
Dog bite attacks on adults and children
- Each years, about 4.7 million dog bites occur
- 800,000 of these yearly dog bites require medical attention
Dog bites and children
- Children under 12 years of age are involved in 50% of dog attacks
- Children under 15 years of age are treated in 82% of emergency room dog bite cases
- Children under 10 years of age suffer 70% of the dog-bite fatalities
- Children between 5 and 9 have a dramatically higher number of dog bites than other age groups.
Consequences of dog and animal bites
Bites from dogs and animals can cause a range of severe medical problems which can be permanent or even cause death. Our South Carolina dog bite and animal attack attorneys file claims against liable animal owners for any medical expenses you or your child incurs and for the pain and suffering the attack causes.
Some of the more common injures adults and children suffer after an animal bite are:
- Cuts and lacerations
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Nerve damage
- Broken bones
- Long-term psychological harm
- Wrongful death
Precautions animal owners should exercise
Animal owners should consider a number of steps to make sure their dog does not bite someone. Similar steps often apply to other domestic pets.
- The dog should by neutered or spayed
- The dog should undergo obedience training
- The dog should be vaccinated
- Children should not be allowed near the dog unless an adult is ready to supervise the dog and the child
- Dogs should be fenced in or confined so they cannot leave the home
- Dogs should be restrained by a leash or other means
Skilled attorneys for dog bite and animal attack victims in South Carolina
Your animal attack case is important to us. The attorneys at McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, have extensive experience obtaining justice and compensation for people when property owners don’t secure their dogs and other animals. Our first-rate lawyers have handled complex cases, not only in our state, but throughout the country.
We are dedicated, driven, and committed to delivering results. Contact McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC. Call 803-327-7800 and schedule a free case evaluation by a South Carolina dog bite and animal attack accident attorney, or fill out our contact form from any device. McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC, proudly serves people throughout the state, from offices in Columbia, Anderson, Rock Hill, Sumter, and Georgetown. Animal attacks/dog bites