Respected South Carolina dog bite lawyers helping residents of Columbia, Lexington and surrounding areas within the state who’ve been injured in dog and animal attacks.
At The Jeffcoat Law Firm, our compassionate South Carolina personal injury attorneys have successfully handled claims on behalf of victims who have suffered terrible injuries from dog bites and attacks. We are well-versed in state-specific legislation enacted to protect the rights of individuals harmed by animal attacks. Under current South Carolina law, the animal’s owner can be held legally responsible for bite injuries even if the dog has never bitten before, or exhibited dangerous behavior. Other states have a “one bite free” statute, but not here.
South Carolina dog bite lawyers
If you or a loved one was harmed in a dog attack, and were lawfully in the place where the incident occurred, there is a good chance that the animal’s keeper or owner will be forced to pay for related medical bills, future treatments, lost income, plus monetary damages for your pain and emotional suffering.
Under South Carolina law known as “bystander recovery,” a parent who witnesses their child being attacked by a dog may receive compensation for the emotional turmoil they endured. In many cases, dog attack victims are left psychologically scarred by the event, which can later manifest into a fear of going outdoors or animal encounters.
If the dog owner does not immediately accept responsibility for what has happened, we encourage you to contact our office as soon as possible. You may be in for a long battle just to be fairly compensated for financial losses to which you’re rightfully entitled. We have been through these battles before, and would be glad to assist you during this confusing and traumatic time.
Our attorneys are renowned for aggressively pursuing maximum damages and have secured substantial compensation in dog attack cases in South Carolina.
We have seen the types of life-altering wounds suffered by dog bite victims, injuries that can lead to permanent scarring and life-long disabilities. Our legal team understands the urgency of these cases and work attentively to help dog bite victims recover an insurance settlement or court award for their losses within the shortest time frame possible.
Alarming dog attack statistics
- Every 75 seconds, someone in the U.S. is bitten by a dog
- Last year, over 830,000 dog attack victims required urgent medical care
- More than half of all dog attacks happen to children 12 and under
- 70 percent of dog bite deaths happen to children 10 and under
- Dog attacks are more common in rural versus city areas
- Between 2005 and 2014, pit bulls killed more than 200 Americans
- Roughly 92 percent of fatal dog attacks involved unneutered male dogs
- More than a quarter of all fatal dog attacks involved canines that were chained up
- Children aged 5 to 9 are most susceptible to severe dog bite injuries
- Approximately two-thirds of dog bites occurred on or near the victim’s property
- More than $2.3 million in insurance claims were paid out for SC dog bite victims in 2013
Steps to protect your legal rights
Following any type of dog bite or animal attack, there are several steps you can take to protect your legal rights. Whenever possible, try and identify the exact animal that attacked and caused injury. Seek prompt medical attention for your wounds and follow the doctor’s every instruction, saving all records of your diagnoses and treatment.
To ensure your best chances at legal recovery, victims are also encouraged to:
- Get the name, address and contact information of the animal’s owner
- Document your injuries with photos and video and safeguard all medical documents pertaining to the treatment
- Speak with eye-witnesses who observed the attack
- Contact our firm to speak with an experienced dog bite lawyer
Because statutes of limitation govern all personal injury lawsuits in South Carolina, it’s important to get your claim started right away, or you may forfeit any right to compensation. Our lawyers have represented numerous victims of dog attacks, and helped guide them through the aftermath. We handle all telephone calls, correspondence and negotiations with insurance companies on your behalf, and if you need assistance, we will find qualified healthcare providers to treat your injuries.
Common injuries associated with dog attacks
Many dog bite victims are young children, who may have to endure pain and disfigurement for the remainder of their lives. Canine saliva carries harmful bacteria that can cause serious infection if not treated promptly.
Some of the most common bite injuries our attorneys have encountered include:
- Broken bones
- Deep puncture wounds
- Torn tendons
- Nerve damage
- Long-term emotional trauma
In 2014 in upstate South Carolina, three pit bulls owned by a Fountain Inn man went on a rampage, savagely attacking a 10 year-old girl and her mother. The owner, Rayvon Denzel, was later charged with animal nuisance and four counts of failure to keep a vicious dog restrained. The little girl was playing with her own pup in her yard when the dogs attacked, biting both her and her pet. The mother was also bitten when she attempted to rescue her daughter.
Dog bite attorneys serving Lexington, Richland, & neighboring counties
Your choice of lawyer is critical in the case of an animal attack or dog bite injury in South Carolina. If you or a loved one has been hurt, call The Jeffcoat Law Firm at 803-310-6258 for a free consultation about your rights to compensation. We serve Lexington, Columbia, all of Richland County, and beyond.
Remember, your future depends on what you do today. Don’t become a victim twice – we are here to help and advocate on your behalf.