Dog Bites

When man’s best friend starts acting anti-social, Lourie Law Firm is here to help you. We’ve represented victims of dog bites for decades, helping them recover medical expenses, lost income and more after an attack.

Dog bites can cause a variety of injuries, from a nip that becomes infected to deep punctures, cuts and bruising from a prolonged attack. Certain infections from dog bites might not show up for weeks, but they can lead to serious complications or even death.

South Carolina is tougher than most states when it comes to laws governing dog bites. Rather than having a “one bite rule” requiring that the dog show a history of aggression, South Carolina is a “strict liability” state. That means the victim doesn’t have to prove that the owner knew the dog was dangerous or prone to attack. Unless the victim provoked the dog or was trespassing, the owner is strictly liable for damages suffered when someone is bitten or attacked, even if the dog has never bitten anyone before.

That doesn’t mean a personal injury lawsuit resulting from a dog bit is always easy to prove. Sometimes, dog owners will try to shift blame or deny responsibility, claiming that the victim caused the attack.

That’s why the dog-bite lawyers at Lourie Law Firm prepare thoroughly. We’ll start by reviewing all the evidence, including medical records and photographs, in your dog-bite case. In cases where children were attacked, we’ll pursue the possibility of additional claims related to negligent supervision.

Our goal is to make sure our clients get what they need to fully recover from dog-bite injuries. This includes compensation for medical expenses and lost wages, at the minimum. Severe injuries can require future care, such as reconstructive surgery. We’ll make sure those are taken into account, too. There also can be emotional trauma after the attack. This is especially common when the victim is a young child.

If you or your child is the victim of a dog bite, call our personal injury attorneys as soon as possible and let us get started on your case. It costs you nothing to talk to us. The initial consultation is free.