South Carolina Dog Bite Law

South Carolina Dog Bite Law


Dogs are often considered man’s best friend, but when a playful encounter turns into a biting incident, the consequences can be severe. Dog owners play a crucial role in preventing future incidents. Responsible ownership, proper training, and ensuring that dogs are securely restrained when necessary contribute to a safer environment.

South Carolina’s strict liability law makes dog owner’s or the person in charge of the dog’s care responsible for their dog’s conduct. S.C. Code Ann. Section 47-3-110 lays out the liability requirements and exceptions to liability. In cases where the person bitten provoked or harassed the dog, there may be a bar to recovery. Additionally, incidents involving trained law enforcement dogs acting within their official capacity are subject to different considerations.

Steps to Take After a Dog Bite

  1. Seek Medical Attention

The first priority after a dog bite is the health and well-being of the victim. Seek immediate medical attention to address injuries and reduce the risk of infection.

  1. Report the Incident

Document the incident by reporting it to local authorities. This not only establishes an official record but also contributes to public safety.

  1. Gather Information

Collect information about the dog and its owner, if possible. This includes the owner’s contact details and any details about the dog’s history of aggressive behavior.

Do you need a South Carolina dog bite attorney?

If you’ve been bitten by a dog, feel free to call the Hair Law Firm at (803) 881-3711 for a free case review.

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