South Carolina’s dog bite law is favorable to plaintiffs. It is a strict liability statute, meaning that in nearly every circumstance if you are bitten by another’s dog you can recover damages for your medical costs, pain and suffering and the like. The Kerr Law Firm has handled dozens of dog bite injury cases. We understand how to establish liability and legal responsibility of dog owners and how to navigate the complex liability insurance issues dog bite cases present.
When you are injured you need someone with the knowledge and experience to obtain a fair and just recovery for you and your family. Our main office is in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. If you or a member of your family has been injured by the negligence of another person or company, call the Kerr Law Firm for a free consultation.
The South Carolina Dog Bite Statute:
Whenever any 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 owner of the dog or other person having the dog in his care or keeping, the owner of the dog or other person having the dog in his care or keeping is liable for the damages suffered by the person bitten or otherwise attacked. For the purposes of this section, a person bitten or otherwise attacked is lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog or other person having the dog in his care or keeping, when the person bitten or otherwise attacked is on the property in the performance of any duty imposed upon him by the laws of this State, by the ordinances of any political subdivision of this State, by the laws of the United States of America, including, but not limited to, postal regulations, or when the person bitten or otherwise attacked is on the property upon the invitation, express or implied, of the owner of the property or of any lawful tenant or resident of the property. If a person provokes a dog into attacking him then the owner of the dog is not liable.