If you’ve been bitten by a dog, keep these tips in mind.
- Get the dog owner’s contact information if you’re able.
Aside from pursuing compensation, it’s important that your doctor is able to find out if the dog has symptoms of any infectious diseases.
- Seek medical treatment.
Treatment may include wound dressing, stitches, tetanus shots, etc.
- Take photos of your dog bite.
Documentation of your injury and treatment will be valuable to your case.
At David Taylor Law, our animal attack attorneys will handle the details of your case, freeing you to focus on your recovery. In the days following your attack, the dog will be held for observation. South Carolina dog bite law requires the aggressive dog to be monitored for signs of rabies by an Animal Control officer for 10 days. If rabid, the dog will be euthanized.
Dog bites cause thousands of injuries every year in the United States, including the following:
- Rabies transmissions
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, infection occurs in about 10-15% of dog bites. Infectious diseases can be spread through the bacteria in a dog’s mouth, and can be potentially deadly if proper medical attention is not received.
Treatment for an animal bite depends on the wound’s severity and location, but it’s always best to visit your doctor if you’ve been bitten by a dog – even if you don’t think more than soap and water is required.
Keep in mind that medical documentation will be important to your case as our animal attack attorneys pursue compensation for the damages suffered. Visiting a doctor not only ensures proper documentation, but reduces the risk of infection, especially if the following risk factors apply:
- You did not thoroughly wash the wound immediately.
- You have a weakened or compromised immune system.
- The bite caused a deep wound or bone fracture.
In the days following medical treatment, carefully watch for signs of infection, including:
- Tenderness or loss of feeling around the dog bite
- Pus/fluid seeping from the wound
- Red streaks near the dog bite
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Fever, chills or night sweats
- Fatigue or muscle weakness
Section 47-3-110 is a crucial part of South Carolina dog bite law that holds dog owners accountable. It states that if a person is bitten by a dog while in a public place (or lawfully in a private place), the aggressive dog’s owner is liable for damages suffered.
While some breeds typically tend to be more aggressive than others, such as pit bulls, there is no distinction made when pursuing compensation. If you’ve been attacked by a dog, our South Carolina dog bite lawyers will work tirelessly to hold the owner accountable.
It’s crucial to choose an animal attack attorney, like the ones you’ll find at David Taylor Law, who understands a dog bite victim’s rights – and the best way to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Our team’s approach is a compassionate one, focused not only on your future, but on treating you with respect and dignity today. If you or a loved one suffered an animal bite in South Carolina, contact David Taylor Law today to schedule your free consultation.