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Dog Bites and Other Injuries From Animals
When owners of dogs and other wild and domestic animals fail to train, restrain or confine their pets and other animals with a leash or an enclosure, those animals can run free and inflict bites and other injuries serious enough to require medical attention.

Bites and scratch wounds are not the only danger. Unrestrained animals create other, potentially deadly hazards. Motorists, motorcyclists and bicyclists swerving to avoid a charging dog can be forced into dangerous, even fatal, situations. Also note that injuries can be inflicted by many species of animal, including horses, cattle, cats, large birds, and of course dogs.  The owner of a pasture where livestock often escape the fenced enclosure can be liable for accidents caused by livestock in the road.

Again, it is the owners, not their animals, who are responsible when bites, attacks or other serious injuries occur. In South Carolina, most individual counties and cities have their own particular "Leash Laws." and ordinances. In addition, the State has laws that generally prohibit an owner from letting his dog run free or "at large," and require dogs to either be kept on leashes or confined to enclosures, such as kennels, fenced yards, or inside their owner's home. This protects innocent people, including children, mail carriers, deliverymen, etc., from being attacked by unrestrained animals.

IMPORTANT: If an insurance claims agent for the person at fault calls to "interview" you, you should decline -- at least until you have spoken with an attorney. Despite what the insurance agent might tell you, they are probably NOT "just trying to help you."

If you or a loved one have suffered serious injuries after being hurt by a dog or another privately owned animal, it is important to know your legal rights. As mentioned above, those rights may vary depending upon the laws of your particular city or county. Our firm can assist you in determining your legal rights and help with insurance claims and requests for compensation.

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