Our Charleston dog bite lawyers represent victims. Rely on our decades of experience advocating for individuals and families. Contact us for your consultation, and see what compensation you may receive.
Dog bites are often serious. You may need medical care for significant injuries. There may be physical and emotional suffering. You may deserve financial compensation. Our lawyers can help.
Lawyers Representing Dog Bite Victims in Charleston, SC
David Aylor Law Offices advocates for victims. Get legal help following a dog bite. We can investigate, guide you through evaluating the options and represent your legal interests.
Call or message us to talk about your case and begin today!
Dog Bite Settlements and Compensation
If you were bit by a dog, you may deserve compensation. A settlement should reflect the losses you have, including:
- Medical care
- Lost income for time spent recovering
- Pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional anguish
- Property damage
Damages may include economic and non-economic losses. Your personal suffering should be accounted for and included as part of your compensation. Our lawyers understand the necessary steps to achieving fair settlements and payments for our clients. We are trial lawyers and prepared to pursue your case as long as necessary to get results.
Settling a dog bite case with homeowner’s insurance
Some people are reluctant to pursue dog bite compensation if they know the person who owns the dog. However, many claims are settled through homeowner’s insurance. As your lawyers, we explore all the options for you to collect the compensation that you deserve. We may file your claim or negotiate with the insurance company for a settlement outside of court.
Injuries Available for Dog Bite Compensation
Some common injuries that may be the basis for dog bite compensation are:
- Deep tissue wounds
- Disfigurement and scars
- Broken bones
- Cuts and scratches
- Nerve damage
- Torn tendons and ligaments
- Organ damage
- Mental health injuries
Damages are based on the individual losses of the victim. Compensation should reflect the financial and personal losses that the victim endures. Our lawyers can give you a personalized evaluation of what your case may be worth.
Charleston Dog Bite Compensation FAQs
What happens if your dog bites someone in South Carolina?
South Carolina is a strict liability state for dog bites. That means if your dog bites someone, you are liable for damages suffered by the person attacked.
What is the South Carolina dog bite law?
South Carolina Code § 47-3-110 is the law that makes a dog owner liable for a dog bite. The victim must be in a public place or lawfully in a private place. A person with an express or implied invitation to enter the property is covered, like a delivery person or a social guest.
Does South Carolina have a one-bite rule?
South Carolina imposes liability for all dog bites, so it does not have a one-bite rule.
Are there any defenses to dog bites?
Two defenses that may be raised in a dog bite case are:
- Provocation or harassment when the provocation is the cause of the attack
- Law enforcement acting in lawful pursuit of their duties, when the victim is not a third-party bystander, and the dog is trained and utilized in compliance with standards
If the dog owner or the insurance company has alleged one of these defenses, do not give up! Our lawyers can investigate and fight for your interests.
What should I do after a dog bite?
Following a dog bite, some things you should do are:
- Secure your immediate safety and those around you
- Call 911 if it’s an emergency, seek medical attention
- Render medical aid until someone with more training can take over
- Continue to receive medical care, following care instructions
- Determine what animal bit you
- Identify the dog owner and get their contact information and their insurance information
- Get contact information for any witnesses
- Don’t discuss who is responsible with the dog owner or anyone else, including the insurance company. Contact our lawyers as soon as possible
Be sure to follow doctor’s orders and take care of tasks like wound dressing, cleaning and antibiotics.
Legal Representation for Dog Bite Victims — Adults and Children
David Aylor Law Offices provides professional legal representation for both adults and children. Because of their smaller size, children often suffer serious and even permanent injuries when a dog attacks. Our lawyers are experienced representing children. We understand the unique issues, and we provide legal help designed to meet their needs.
Why Hire Our Charleston Dog Bite Lawyers?
Our law firm has been advocating for victims in our community since 2007. Here are some reasons to hire our Charleston dog bite lawyers:
We know how to interact with insurance companies – we’ll deal with them for you
Trying to get compensation may seem intimidating. It can be hard to know where to begin and how to handle the insurance company. We’re not afraid of the insurance company. Our experienced lawyers know how to negotiate and advance your case.
Our representation is full-service – let us handle everything
We take care of everything that needs to be done in your case. Both inside and outside of the courtroom, we are your advocates and representatives.
We are experienced trial lawyers – we’re not afraid to go to court
The David Aylor team has extensive experience as courtroom litigators. We’re ready to present your case in court including at trial and at preliminary hearings.
A track record of success
Charleston City Paper has named us the “Best of Charleston” on multiple occasions. It’s a reflection of the results we’ve gotten for our clients and the trust we’ve earned in our community.
Representation that is client-focused and community-driven
Our entire law firm is focused on meeting the needs of those in our community. We are proud to help individuals and families. We want to help you, too.
Free Consultation – Start Your Case Today
David Aylor Law Offices is currently taking new dog bite cases today. Work with our Charleston dog bite lawyers to get the compensation that you deserve if you’re hurt when an animal attacks.
Consultations are always free with our law firm. There are time limits, so don’t wait to talk to our lawyers and start your case. Call or message us to begin!