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If you are hurt by a dog bite, dog attack, or other animal attack in Myrtle Beach, SC, you may be entitled to compensation for the injury, including your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and punitive damages, depending on the circumstances.
In this article, we will discuss dog bite and animal attack liability in South Carolina, including:
You may be entitled to compensation if you are bitten by a dog in South Carolina, but did you know that SC has strict liability for any dog attack – whether the dog bites someone, knocks them off a bicycle, or jumps on them and knocks them down, the dog’s owner or keeper is liable for the damage caused.
Most compensable animal attacks in SC are dog bites or other attacks by dogs. Although injuries caused by any animal on a person’s property could give rise to premises liability, when a dog attacks someone, the owner or keeper is strictly liable under SC Code § 47-3-110:
(A) 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. For the purposes of this section, a person bitten or otherwise attacked 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, when the person bitten or otherwise attacked is on the property in the performance of a duty imposed upon the person by the laws of this State, the ordinances of a political subdivision of this State, 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 property owner or a lawful tenant or resident of the property.
A person or business can be held liable for damages caused by their dog if:
This includes not only the owner of the dog, but a “doggy daycare,” other business, or any individual who was responsible for keeping and caring for the dog at the time of the attack.
SC’s strict liability for dog attacks only applies to canines, but a property owner or pet owner may be liable for other types of animal attacks under premises liability law if:
Examples of animal attacks in SC that may or may not give rise to liability depending on the circumstances include:
Examples of animal attacks that probably will not give rise to liability include:
There are defenses to dog attacks under SC’s strict liability laws which include:
If the lawsuit is based on premises liability for an attack by an animal other than a dog, the property owner has various defenses under SC’s premises liability laws including:
If you are a victim of an animal attack in South Carolina or if you have been bitten by a dog, call the Myrtle Beach dog bite lawyers at Axelrod & Associates now to discuss your case and learn your next steps.
Your animal attack lawyer on the Axelrod team will help you recover the maximum compensation that you are entitled to receive under the facts of your case and SC law.
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