If you or someone you love has been injured in a South Carolina dog bite incident, you need powerful legal representation on your side. Dog bites often result in severe wounds, emotional trauma, costly medical bills, and considerable financial losses. You deserve an advocate who will fight tirelessly to get you the maximum compensation available under the law.

Former U.S. Congressman Joe Cunningham understands how to build a compelling case and negotiate aggressively with insurance companies. With his years of experience taking on powerful entities, Joe also understands what it takes to win. Further, his people-first approach means your best interests are always a priority. Joe will walk you through every step of the legal process, providing straightforward advice and keeping you in the loop at all times.

Don’t go through the aftermath of a dog bite or animal attack alone. With Joe as your advocate, you can have peace of mind knowing your case is in good hands. Contact Joe Cunningham Law today for a free consultation with a Charleston dog bite lawyer.

What Is South Carolina’s Dog Bite Law?

South Carolina is a strict liability state regarding dog bite law. This means state laws hold dog owners strictly responsible for any unprovoked injuries their dogs cause, whether or not owners are negligent or know of their dogs’ propensities for aggression. These laws offer a strong foundation for dog bite insurance claims and lawsuits.

South Carolina’s dog bite laws also say:

  • Dog owners may not allow their pets to roam freely from their properties. When dogs display aggressive behavior, owners must ensure they are appropriately restrained.
  • Dog owners are subject to liability if their dog(s) attack or bite someone in a public place or on private property. This liability applies even if the incident occurs on the owner’s property, provided the victim is lawfully present there. However, the law does include certain exceptions, such as when victims provoke dogs to bite them.
  • The law defines “dangerous animals” as those that have shown propensities to attack unprovoked, cause injury, or otherwise threaten the safety of humans or other animals. This definition extends to animals involved in fighting and those with known aggressive tendencies.
  • Owners or custodians of dangerous animals must keep them securely confined on their premises, either indoors or within properly fenced and locked areas. Owners of dangerous dogs may not allow their dogs to leave their premises unless the dogs are securely restrained and registered with local law enforcement.