Under South Carolina dog bite law, dog owners are usually responsible if their dog bites or attacks someone. Dog owners are liable even if the dog does not have a history of prior attacks. If a dog bites or attacks a person who is in a public place or is lawfully in a private place (including the property of the dog owner, if there with the owner’s express or implied permission), the dog owner is liable for the damages suffered. There is an exception to this rule if the person bitten provoked or harassed the dog. Dog bite victims are entitled to recover for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, scarring, permanent injury, inability to participate in normal activities, and other damages. If the dog owner has homeowner’s insurance, the homeowner’s insurance will likely cover the dog owner’s liability for these damages.
In some cases, a landlord can be held responsible for dog bites or dog attacks committed by dogs owned by a tenant. The landlord might be liable if the dog attack occurred in a common area. The landlord can also be held liable for a dog bite if the landlord had assumed some responsibility for the care and keeping of the dog.
Our Proffitt & Cox injury attorneys are knowledgeable regarding South Carolina dog bite law. Our Columbia dog bite attorneys represent victims of dog bites or attacks. If you or a family member has been bitten or attacked by a dog, please contact use our contact form to schedule a free consultation or call us at 803-834-7097.