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Dog Bite Injuries


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It has been estimated that nearly 4.7 million people in this country are bitten by dogs each year.  Of those, nearly 350,000 require treatment in an emergency room. Thousands of others require in-patient care, with the average hospital stay being estimated at 3.6 days. In addition to these injuries, dog bite attacks also cause death. In 1997 and 1998, for example, 27 people died as a result of dog bite attacks in the United States. Most often, dog owners are strictly liable for injuries caused by their dogs. There is no "one free bite rule" in South Carolina.


Under South Carolina law, dog owners are strictly liable for dog bites in most instances.  If you or a loved one is seriously injured by a dog, you need to do the following:

  • Seek medical attention

  • Notify the local police of law enforcement

  • Notify the local animal control authority

  • Notify DHEC

  • Contact the dog owner for information on the dog’s vaccinations

  • Take photos of the injuries immediately and a few days later

  • Take photos of the dog and the scene, if possible (but, do not trespass)

  • Contact Smith & Griffith, LLP for experienced legal representation.

In any injury, early treatment and legal consultation will preserve evidence and protect your right to a fair recovery for personal injury, property damage, lost wages, and medical bills.

Smith & Griffith, LLP represents all injured employees including illegal aliens or undocumented aliens.

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