July 11th, 2017 Posted by
Tags: Attorney, Charleston SC, Dogs, Legal Advice, Mark Peper, Peper Law Firm
A dog can be “man’s best friend” but sometimes, things get out of hand. Getting attacked by a dog can be a physically and emotionally scarring experience. If you or your dog get attacked by another dog, make sure you get the dog owner’s contact information and seek medical attention if necessary. The owner can be legally responsible for this incident and you may want to check to make sure the dog is up-to-date on all its shots. Other parties who may be responsible if the owner is not present are dog care facilities, dog handlers, and even landlords.
Dog owners have a legal obligation or “duty of care” to the community. Dogs should be on a leash and restrained from damaging people or property. Sometimes pets become such a large part of a family that it is hard to remember that they are technically a legal property and should be treated as such. If this duty of care is neglected, the owner is responsible and liable for the victim’s injuries and damages.
Damages may include medical bills, lost wages, vet bills (in the case that another dog is injured), and even mental anguish or emotional distress.
If an incident with a dog occurs, make sure you collect witness statements, take photographic evidence of any damages, and file away your receipts for costs and damages.
As always, I promise to fight for you and your family. I will work with your doctors to fully understand the extent of your injury and aggressively explain it to an insurance company or a jury to get you the recovery you deserve. Call me today if you have questions or would like a free consultation about a dog attack.