While dogs can make great companions, there is always a chance that they will bite someone. The most common cases are between dogs and children, but anybody could suffer a dog bite. There are some important things to know here in South Carolina with respect to dog bites.
First, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim in South Carolina is two years. This means that, absent a limited number of exceptions, a person cannot bring a personal injury claim two years after it has happened. Second, a dog bite’s damages might not be realized immediately. There could be long-lasting effects from the bite that requires continued medical care for years to come. It is important to consult with a lawyer to determine the extent of damages that are available for recovery. Third, while dogs can seem friendly at first, they are animals, and even the smaller dogs can have bites that cause damage.
South Carolina Code Ann. § 47-3-110 outlines an owner’s liability for dog bites. It states that the owner of the dog is liable for the damages caused by their dog’s bite if the bite occurred in a public place or when lawfully in a private place. The dog’s owner is strictly liable for the damages, meaning that the owner cannot argue that he did not know his dog would bite. This statute does not apply when the dog is harassed or provoked when that is the main reason the dog attacked.
If you or someone you know has been injured by a dog bite, contact the Law Office of Chase Harbin for a free consultation on the case. We stand ready to assist you with recovery and we will not take any fees until you receive a favorable settlement or judgment.