Free Consultations
866-626-3860 | 843-619-7755
Young & Young, Attorneys at Law


Dog bites can be a very traumatic and life changing event for adults and especially for children. A person's life can be altered in a matter of seconds from injuries suffered from a dog bite attack. Oftentimes injuries can be serious and permanently disfiguring. The costs associated with those injuries-emergency services, surgeries, future surgeries, physical and mental therapy, etc. can quickly add up and become overwhelming. And, in most cases, insurance companies fight hard to try to avoid paying victims adequate compensation. That is why it is critical for you to understand South Carolina's dog bite laws and contact a personal injury lawyer immediately to help you or your loved one recover the most compensation for your medical bills, pain and emotional suffering.

Do you have to prove that the dog owner knew the dog was dangerous?

No. Some states require the "one-bite rule" which means that the victim must prove that the dog owner knew or should have known the dog was dangerous to recover. In reality, in those states requiring the "one-bite rule", the dog owner gets a "free one-bite" pass before becoming liable.

Thankfully, South Carolina does not recognize this rule. In South Carolina, with a few exceptions, dog owners are strictly liable for damages suffered by a person who is bitten or attacked while in a public place or lawfully in a private place.

What are some of the exceptions to the strict liability rule?

Under Section 47-3-110 of South Carolina Code of Laws, the strict liability provision may not apply if: (1) the person who was attacked harassed or provoked the dog; and (2) that provocation was the proximate cause of the attack. Another example would be if the dog was working in a law enforcement capacity (i.e.-police K9 dogs) and complied with (1) the canine officer's command; (2) South Carolina Law Enforcement Training Council's standards; and (3) the agency's written policy on necessary and appropriate use of the dogs. A third example that would likely prohibit applying the strict liability rule is if the person attacked by the dog was trespassing on private property. However, if you or a loved one is bitten by a dog, it is imperative to remember to consult with a personal injury attorney because these exceptions can be very fact specific and you may still be entitled to recover damages.

If I am dog-sitting for my friend in South Carolina, can I be liable for a dog bite attack?

Maybe. This answer depends on the facts of the specific case. Under South Carolina law, if a dog owner allows someone to watch his or her dog and that dog attacks someone as a result of the dog-sitter failing to control the dog, then that dog-sitter may also be liable for the dog bite attack.

What should you do after suffering a dog bite attack in South Carolina?

First, call the police and seek medical attention right away. Even if you know the dog owner and do not think they will contest the facts, it is very helpful to get a police report for insurance purposes. Second, immediately call an experienced personal injury attorney who can guide you through the process. As mentioned above, homeowner's insurance companies will likely be fighting hard to build a case against the victim as to why he or she should not receive full compensation. That is why you need experienced dog bite attorneys like Young & Young on your side to fight even harder for you to be compensated for the serious injuries and pain and suffering. Call our office 24/7 at 843-724-1563 for a free consultation.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

What Our Clients Say

  • If you are facing a legal issue, Kelley is the person you want on your team. She got the BEST possible outcome for my case and made it seem almost effortless, all in a day’s work..... - Elaine W.
  • Adam exceeded our expectations in the resolution of our case and again we cannot recommend Adam Young Law Firm enough - Thomas F.
  • I was facing several mandatory years in prison for serious drug charges I accumulated in a very short period of time due to substance abuse..... - Steven J.
  • Adam helped me significantly with my legal issue for more than a fair price. I highly recommend Adam's services to anyone in need of legal assistance. - Ryan F.
  • I was in the need for Mr. Young expertise in pretty involved legal matter. His knowledge of the law and also his relationships throughout the legal community was tremendous advantage..... - Lisa W.
  • I couldn't have asked for more in an attorney than I got from Mr. Young; he handled my case with the utmost professionalism and was extremely accommodating..... - Catherine C.
  • Best Attorney in South Carolina. Powerful man, Adam. - Luke F.
  • Adam was very knowledgable and professional while handling my case. He was helpful and informative every step of the way and he provided his services at a very reasonable price..... - Matthew B.
  • Adam Young is the BEST attorney I have ever met! If you are looking for a GREAT person and a stand up guy please contact him..... - Chase J.
  • Adam did an exceptional job in assisting me with my legal woes, keeping me informed each and every step of the way..... - Ryan F.
  • I would highly recommend Adam Young to anyone looking for an attorney. He is very reasonable on pricing and he gets the job done...... - Jared M.
  • Avvo Reviews
  • Lead Counsel | Rated Attorney
  • Member Charleston Metro | Chamber of Commerce
  • The National Trial Lawyers | Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Avvo Rating | Superb Top Attorney Criminal Defense
  • Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb Top Attorney DUI & DWI
  • Hunting For Healing
  • AV Preeminent | Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence 2016
  • Young & Young, Attorneys at Law, LLC, LawyersCriminal, Charleston, SC
  • Kelley Flynn Young
    Rated by Super Lawyers

    loading ...
  • Adam D. Young
    Rated by Super Lawyers

    loading ...

Schedule A Free Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Email Us For A Response
Young & Young, Attorneys at Law

Firm Location

455.5 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403

Toll Free: 866-626-3860
Phone: 843-619-7755
Fax: 888-273-4952
Map & Directions

Firm Numbers