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In South Carolina, owners and keepers of dogs are legally responsible for the injuries caused by a dog bite or attack. If you are the victim a dog bite or dog attack in Charleston, there is a good chance that the owner or the keeper of the animal is liable for the resulting injuries. If a person is bitten or otherwise attacked by a dog while the person is in a public place or is lawfully in a private place, including the property of the dog owner or person having the dog in the person's care or keeping, the dog owner or person having the dog in the person's care or keeping is liable for the damages suffered by the person bitten or otherwise attacked.
Keep in mind that under South Carolina dog bite law, there is no one free bite rule. That means a dog owner can be held liable for dog bite injuries even if the animal has never exhibited dangerous behavior before. Simply owning a dog that bites another person may be enough to find the owner liable for damages the dog may have caused, including expensive medical bills.
Dog Attack Statistics from the American Humane Association
- An estimated 4.7 million dog bites occur in the U.S. each year.
- The Insurance Industry pays more than $1 Billion in dog-bite claims each year.
- Nearly 800,000 dog bites require medical care.
- 50% of dog attacks involved children under 12 years old.
- 82% of dog bites treated in the emergency room involved children under 15 years old.
- 70% of dog bite fatalaties occured among children under 10 years old.
- 65% of bites among children occur to the head or neck.
- Approximately 92% of fatal dog attacks involved male dogs, 94% of which were not neutered.
- Approximately 25% of fatal dog attacks involved chained dogs.
- Approximately 71% of bites occur to the extremities (arms, legs, hands, feet).
- Approximately two-thirds of bites occurred on or near the victim's property, and most victims knew the dog.
- At least 25 different breeds of dogs have been involved in the 238 dog-bite-related fatalities in the U.S.
- Approximately 24% of human deaths involved unrestrained dogs off of their owners' property.
- Approximately 58% of human deaths involved unrestrained dogs on their owners' property.
Source: American Humane Association: Dog Bite Statistics
Our Charleston Personal Injury Lawyers have posted more information concerning South Carolina dog bite cases here: South Carolina Dog Bites and Animal Attacks. Remember, every dog bite case is different, and our dog bite attorneys are happy to discuss your particular dog bite or attack injuries with you free of charge. If you or a loved one has been bitten or otherwise attacked by a dog anywhere in the Charleston area, give us a call to discuss your options.
Our Charleston dog bite lawyers help those injured by dog bites and attacks in Charleston, South Carolina and the surrounding areas. If you suffered a dog bite or animal attack in Charleston, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Summerville, Goose Creek, Hanahan, James Island, or anywhere in South Carolina, please give our Charleston dog bite Attorneys a call today. Contact Our Dog Attack Attorneys