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What information should I get if I am bitten by a dog in South Carolina?
If you are bitten by a dog in South Carolina, you should, as with any personal injury, seek immediate medical assistance. However, if possible, you should try to write down all of the contact information of the dog owner, including their name, address, and telephone number. It might also be helpful to find out the name of their insurance company, as well as contact information for any witnesses to the dog bite incident. Also, be sure to take note of exactly where the dog bite occurred. Any and all information that you collect can be helpful for your dog bite case. Your South Carolina dog bite attorney will then be able to evaluate the evidence and help you receive compensation for your injuries.
How long does a dog bite case typically take to be resolved?
Not all dog bite claims are the same and therefore take different amounts of time to be settled. The more severe the injuries are, along with other aspects of the dog bite case, the more likely it will take longer to resolve. It is possible for some dog bite claims to be settled in as little as a few weeks; on the other hand, it could also last more than a year, depending on the circumstances. That is why it is important to contact an attorney immediately so that you can begin your dog bite claim while receiving treatment for your dog bit injuries.
What kinds of dogs have a tendency to bite people?
Although in their minds, most people associate certain dogs with aggressive behavior and biting, but the fact is that all dogs could potentially bite someone. While it is true that some breeds of dogs are more likely to bite, there are situations in which any type of dog would likely bite a person. These instances where a dog might be more likely to bite are when they are startled, provoked, feel threatened, guarding something that they believe to be theirs, protecting their owners, or are in heat. If it appears as those a dog is displaying one of these charasteristics, you should back away from the dog and try not to provoke it in any way.
How long does it usually take to resolve a South Carolina dog bite claim?
There is not a particular set length of time for a dog bite claim to be resolved in South Carolina. The extent of the injuries sustained from a dog bite varies, as does the length of time it will take for the case to be settled. While it is possible for some South Carolina dog bite claims to be settled in a few weeks, the more severe the injury, the longer it will take to be resolved. However, you should not feel discouraged by the thought of filing a claim that could take up to a year to resolve. You deserve justice for your personal injury and the best way to do that is through a South Carolina dog bite claim.
What should I do if my child is bitten by a dog?
The first thing you should do if your child is attacked is call the police and seek medical treatment for the child. It is important to report the attack so that the police may report the incident. You should immediately seek medical attention for your child to ensure that he/she has not suffered a severe injury and that the dog was not rabid or infectious.
After your child receives treatment for their injuries, if you would like to pursue a personal injury claim against the dog owner, you should contact a South Carolina dog bite attorney. An attorney can help you to determine whether or not you have a case and what steps to take next in order to seek justice.
If I am bitten by a dog or other animal, who is my case against?
A lawsuit may be brought against the dog’s owner or keeper, or even against the homeowner of the dog if the dog’s owner did not own his or her property. The ultimate recovery usually comes from an insurance policy that covers injuries, such as the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance policy or renter’s insurance policy. An experienced dog bite attorney will be able to examine the insurance coverage available for the dog bite victim.
If I have a dog bite case, what am I entitled to recover for my injury?
If you are attacked by a dog, you are entitled to recover for the damages sustained, which includes medical bills, pain and suffering, emotional distress, lost wages, future medical bills, surgery costs, and possibly psychological damages resulting from the dog bite attack.