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“I was on my morning run near Swamp Rabbit Trail when it happened. I turned the corner and saw the owner walking their dog. They were using their phone and weren’t paying much attention to their surroundings or pet. As I ran by them, the dog suddenly lunged forward, and the owner dropped the leash.
I’ve read about what to do when a dog confronts you, but all of that went out the window when I realized what was about to happen. I froze. I was terrified.
By the time the owner gained control of the dog, it had already bitten my leg. The dog bite has left me traumatized and in a lot of pain. I’ve had to spend so much money to treat my injury, and I haven’t been able to exercise since the incident. Even after my injury heals, I’ll probably be too scared to go running again.”
They say there’s no such thing as a bad dog, only a bad owner. A dog may attack seemingly out of nowhere, but there is usually an underlying reason. Dogs may feel threatened or fearful due to a lack of socialization. Some dogs become more aggressive when hungry, tired, or sick.
Dog owners are responsible for training and socializing their pets and keeping them under control in public spaces. If you were bitten by a dog, a Greenville dog bite attorney could make sure the owner is held accountable. Schedule a consultation to start seeking the compensation you deserve.
South Carolina’s dog liability laws operate on a strict liability basis. This means that pet owners will be held liable for dog bites unless they prove that you were trespassing or provoking the dog. It doesn’t matter if the dog’s attack was completely out of character or if the owner couldn’t have predicted the attack. Unlike car accidents and product liability claims, the dog bite victim doesn’t need to prove that the owner was negligent.
Have you been injured by a dog bite in Greenville? You may be wondering whether it’s possible to seek compensation from the dog’s owner. The answer is yes.
It’s estimated that 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year. Only a tiny percentage of eligible dog bite victims seek legal action. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of their rights and entitlements after being bitten by a dog.
In Greenville, there are few instances where a pet owner can escape liability after a dog bite. Based on South Carolina’s dog liability laws, pet owners will be held liable for any damages arising from a dog bite or attack. As long as you weren’t trespassing or provoking the dog, a Greenville dog bite attorney can help you to make a claim against the owner.
In the Palmetto State, hundreds of dog bite claims are made each year, with an average payout of $44,661.46 per claim. Our experienced Greenville dog bite attorney can determine your likelihood of success and provide guidance on the compensation you may be able to receive.
Insurance companies paid out nearly $900 million in dog bite claims in 2021. In many instances, homeowner’s or renter’s insurance will cover the costs of a dog bite claim or lawsuit. The dog bite doesn’t need to take place at the owner’s home for the policy to take effect. There are certain circumstances where the incident may not be covered by the policy. For example, some policies exclude specific breeds of dogs.
After a consultation with our Greenville dog bite attorney, we can begin negotiating with the insurance company on your behalf. On average, insurance claims are settled in nine to twelve months. The sooner you get started, the sooner you’ll be able to receive your settlement.
When you’re considering reaching out to a personal injury attorney, legal fees may be at the forefront of your mind.
When you work with an attorney at Armada Law, you’ll pay NOTHING out of pocket. Your initial consultation is completely free, and you’ll only be required to pay legal fees if we WIN. Here’s how it works:
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Being bitten by a dog is not only physically painful but can be mentally traumatic as well. At Armada Law, we’ve helped countless dog bite victims recover their financial losses and claim compensation for their pain.
If you don’t take action against the dog’s owner, you can lose your right to make a claim. Schedule a consultation to begin seeking the compensation you deserve.
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Let’s face it — you have questions.
You may have already received a settlement offer from the dog’s owner or their insurance company. Before putting pen to paper, seek guidance from a knowledgeable Greenville dog bite attorney. Without proper legal guidance, you’re likely to unknowingly accept much less than you truly deserve.
It’s difficult to predict how long a dog bite case will take. The timeframe will depend largely on the responsiveness of the insurance company, and whether or not the matter ends up in court. An out-of-court settlement typically takes nine months to a year, while litigation often takes around two years.
In South Carolina, the statute of limitations for a dog bite case is three years from the date of the incident. If you miss that deadline, you will lose the right to make a claim or file a lawsuit. Contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to get started.
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