Dog Attacks: When the Bite is Worse Than the Bark

2017-01-16.jpgWhile dogs are sometimes called “man’s best friend,” the reality is that dogs can also behave unpredictably. Sometimes that unpredictable behavior is aggressive and frightening.

 

What Makes a Dog Aggressive?
A dog’s natural instinct is to protect its territory and its family; so even if a person is welcomed by the dog’s owner, the dog may perceive that person as a threat.

Dogs who feel threatened will typically bark, growl, or snarl at a person before an attack or bite. However, there may only be milliseconds between a dog’s warning growl and an actual attack.

 

Dog Bite Injuries
Dog bites or a dog attack can result in serious injuries such as puncture wounds or lacerations. These injuries may result in the need for many different types of medical treatment, including:

  • Emergency treatment
  • Stitches
  • Plastic surgery
  • Scar treatment
  • Antibiotics
  • Treatment for rabies if the dog was not vaccinated

Do You Have a Dog Bite Lawsuit?

If you’ve recently been bitten or attacked by a dog, you may be wondering if you have a dog bite lawsuit. In the state of South Carolina, the dog’s owner or a person having the dog in his care is liable for dog bites or a dog attack if:

  • The injured person did not provoke the dog.
  • The injured person was in a public place or lawfully in a private place.

Being on private property lawfully includes:

  • People performing government duties, such as the postal carrier or water meter reader.
  • Someone who is on the property by invitation, expressed or implied, such as a contractor asked to do home repairs or a guest invited to visit.

Schedule a Consultation
If you think you may have a dog bite lawsuit, schedule an appointment with David Blackwell today. His experience in dog bite cases, personal injury, and premises liability means he can handle your case from beginning to end. Call us at 803-285-0225 to schedule your consultation today.