Dog Bite Claims

Dog Bite Lawyers In Charleston

If a dog bit you or someone in your family, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The experienced Charleston dog bites accident injury attorneys at Murphy Crantford Meehan know how devastating a dog attack can be, and we have the right experience to help you get the fair compensation you need and deserve.

Don’t wait until it is too late to take action. Call us or reach out to us online for a free consultation to discuss your rights and legal options.

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How Do Dog Bites Happen?

the many factors

Dogs feel threatened by people or things in the immediate environment

Many dogs have a sense of duty to protect themselves, the pack, or territory when feeling threatened. It’s incredibly important for dog owners to be aware of the dogs sensitivity to certain environments and plan accordingly. Even if there is a misunderstanding, a dog on a mission to protect and defend can inflict serious injuries.

A startled dog can often attack as a reflex (fight or flight) and cause injury

This can happen as a dog is suddenly approached from behind or if an older dog experiences pain from the touch of a sore spot or muscle. Dog owners need to be aware of the dog’s pain points and communicate to others whether the dog is ready and willing to be touched in order to avoid injury.

running away from a dog, especially small children can invoke a predator/prey reflex

Many times the dog simply gets carried away and may not know that a “playful” bit is causing injury. Dog owners need to train their k-9 friends the difference between a hard bite and a soft play bite in order to keep everyone safe.

A scared dog is an unstable dog

Dogs that have been abused or abandoned can sometimes find fear in a place where it may not be felt by others in the environment. This mismatch in perception can cause unintended outcomes and someone may get hurt. Dog owners need to communicate whether or not a rescue is ready to be in the presence of others or needs time to adjust to new surroundings.

The dog is injured, sore, feeling ill, or more irritable than usual

As a result, things that wouldn’t normally worry the dog, could become a stressor. Dog owners need to make sure that when the dog is ill or injured, that new environments are closely monitored to prevent the likelihood of injury.

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A History of Success in Dog Bite Claims

If you’re bitten by a dog, the compensation you could receive for your claim could help you pay for missed wages, hospital and doctor bills, and pain and suffering. At Murphy Crantford Meehan, we’re proud of the settlements and verdicts we’ve recovered for our clients over the years. We’ll be ready to put our skills and experience to work for you.

Contact a Charleston Dog Bite Attorney Today

At Murphy Crantford Meehan, we have the experience to handle even the most complex dog bite cases and get our clients the compensation they deserve. We can help you negotiate a fair settlement, and as experienced trial lawyers in South Carolina, we’re not afraid to go to court and fight on your behalf if necessary.

For a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys in Charleston, South Carolina, call us today at 843-376-4030 or contact us online.

What should I do After A dog bite

What Should I Do If I've Been Bitten by a dog In Charleston?

If you’re bitten by a dog, we understand how scary it can be. In the aftermath of a dog attack, you should:


Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

If you’ve been injured in a dog bite accident in Charleston, you may have a lot of questions. Listed below are some of the most common questions people ask after dog bite accidents:

Dog bite injuries can be difficult and expensive to treat. Some of the most common types of injuries caused by dog bites include broken bones, permanent scarring, tissue damage, head, neck, and facial injuries, eye injuries, rabies, nerve damage, wounds caused by punctures, and infections. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can also occur because of a dog bite.

In South Carolina, dog bites fall under strict liability law. That means that the dog bite itself is proof that there was a breach of care. When a person is bitten by a dog, either the owner of the dog, the property owner of the location the dog bite occurred or the person responsible for caring for the dog is liable.

If you were bitten at someone’s home, the homeowner’s insurance policy should cover the costs related to the dog bite. If you were in a public place, such as a park, and were bitten there, the dog owner’s homeowner’s policy may still be a source of compensation. Talk to the dog bite accident attorneys at Murphy Crantford Meehan to get a better idea about who might be liable for compensation for your injuries.

Here at Murphy Crantford Meehan, we work on a contingency-fee basis, so you pay nothing upfront. We only get paid if we obtain compensation for you.

South Carolina law does not require cyclists to wear protective gear, so you could still be eligible to seek fair compensation, even if you weren’t wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

Although you technically have three years to file a claim, you should contact a personal injury lawyer in Charleston as soon as possible.

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