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.
The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal
advice. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual
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