The federal government estimates that 4.5 million people are bitten by a dog each year – that’s the equivalent of the population of South Carolina!
A million of those will require serious medical treatment.
While many of us are dog owners and most dogs make wonderful pets, there is strict liability in North Carolina for dog owners who keep aggressive breads of dogs like Pit Bulls. In South Carolina, strict liability is the rule for all dog bites and all dog owners have a duty to keep their dogs under reasonable control.
Dog bites can lead to infection, scarring, nerve damage, loss of motor control and psychological issues, such as panic attacks or trust issues. It is important to seek medical attention for dog bites.
It is also important to notify the authorities and make an official record of the attack.
If you have been bitten by a dog, an experienced personal injury lawyer at Lee Law Offices, P.A. can help you determine whether you have a claim against the dog owner’s property insurance. We can also help you take the steps necessary to protect your rights and ensure that you are justly compensated for your injuries, current and future expenses, pain and suffering and permanent scarring.HOW CAN DOG BITES BE PREVENTED?
Before you bring a dog into your household:
- Consult with a professional to learn what breeds of dogs are the best fit for you and your family.
- Dogs with histories of aggression are not suitable for households with children.
- Be sensitive to clues that a child is nervous or fearful around a dog.
- Spend time with a dog before buying or adopting it and be extra cautious and use proper supervision when bringing a dog into a household with a baby or small child.
- Do not approach strange dogs.
- Do not run from a dog or scream.
- Remain motionless when approached by a strange dog.
- If knocked over by a dog, roll into a ball and be still.
- Do not play with a dog unless supervised by an adult.
- Immediately report strange dogs or dogs acting strangely to an adult.
- Avoid direct eye contact with a dog.
- Do not disturb or attempt to play with or move a dog that is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies.
- Do not pet a dog without allowing it to see and sniff you first.
- Immediately report dog bites or scratches to an adult.
Adopted from information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.