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Most of us think of dogs as man’s best friend. However, every dog has the potential to cause harm. Did an aggressive dog bite you or a loved one? If so, you may be able to hold the dog’s owner liable for your injuries.
Louthian Law Firm, P.A. helps dog bite claimants throughout Charleston County. Our injury team stands ready to pursue every dollar you deserve. Contact our team now to explore partnering with a Charleston dog bite lawyer, so we can explain your options and advocate for you.
You can get the answers to your questions during your free case review.
Our team wants to learn everything about your situation, including:
There is no obligation to partner with our team when you call.
Here are some important things to note when considering legal help:
You may have to file a lawsuit to recover damages. Per South Carolina law, you generally have three years to file your case. Our team can ensure that you meet all applicable deadlines and protect your right to damages through litigation.
You have more than enough on your plate right now the last thing you need to worry about is affording legal help. Our Charleston dog bite injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, which means we charge nothing upfront for our services. Instead, we only receive a percentage of your settlement if we win your case.
We can explain contingency and how it works during your case review, but perhaps the most important thing to know is that we do not get paid unless you do.
You do not have to fight this battle on your own. You have every right to hire an injury lawyer after a dog bite. Our team can manage your case from start to finish, from the initial filing to interviewing witnesses to negotiating your settlement. We have one goal: to recover your losses. We are here to advocate for you during this trying time.
Immediately after your injury, the at-fault party’s insurer may offer you a settlement. This initial settlement likely will not account for the full scope of your losses. The insurer hopes that you will accept this lowball offer, so the company can save money. However, you have the right to negotiate for a better offer and recover damages for all your losses.
Possible compensation in your case could include:
Dog bites can cause scarring, infection, and soft tissue damage. As a result, you may require:
Other medical expenses may include ambulance transportation, doctor appointments, hospitalization, and more.
A serious dog bite injury may prevent you from working. Your lawyer can seek recovery for your lost earnings, including wages, bonuses, tips, and employee benefits.
Some dog bite injuries can permanently affect your earning power. For instance, if you lose the use of your hand in the attack, it could prevent you from working efficiently at certain jobs or returning to your previous job. We can seek compensation for losses like these.
Pain and suffering is a non-economic expense that accounts for your injury-related hardships, including physical discomfort and emotional anguish.
Dog bites can fatally injure victims, especially young children. If you lost a loved one, you have our condolences. We know financial recovery cannot undo your trauma however, it could help lessen the financial blow to your family and pay for your loved one’s final expenses.
Additional damages in a dog bite injury case may include:
This is not an exhaustive list of potentially recoverable damages. An injury lawyer from our team can explain more about possible compensation in your case.
Our team always seeks the best possible outcome for each client, including dog bite injury victims. To do this, we:
To recover damages, we must prove:
To prove these facts, we must gather evidence, such as:
Liability in many dog bite cases rests with the animal’s owner. However, every situation is different. Liability in your case could rest with a homeowner or business owner. In any case, we can pursue what you deserve.
We want you to recover as much compensation as possible. By carefully evaluating your medical bills, employment records, and other documentation, we can determine how much compensation you deserve.
We will first try to resolve your case through an insurance settlement, so you do not have to pursue a lawsuit.
Filing an insurance claim involves:
Not all insurance companies act in good faith.
They may do everything possible to refute your case, such as:
Our team will stand between you and any aggressive parties, including insurance companies.
Not all insurance claims end with settlements. If necessary, we can file a lawsuit against the at-fault party.
Filing a lawsuit typically entails:
We may continue negotiating with the insurer as your lawsuit unfolds. If the company offers a fair settlement, we can still resolve your case through that route.
Potential clients often ask us:
No, you can pursue damages regardless of the dog’s breed. However, South Carolina law considers pit bulls inherently dangerous. Owners must sterilize and microchip their pit bulls, with few exceptions.
If an unsterilized or unchipped pit bull injured you, it could bolster your case.
The dollar amount you can sue for depends on:
Louthian Law Firm, P.A. can evaluate your case and calculate your potential compensation.
Yes, you must report the incident to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. You generally have 24 hours to make the report. However, you should file even if the 24-hour window has ended to create a paper trail of your injuries.
After you report a dog attack, Animal Control might take the dog into custody. Animal Control might not automatically euthanize the dog instead, it may monitor the dog for rabies and other infectious diseases.
If an aggressive dog bit you and you incurred damages, you can generally seek recovery. Our team will explain more when you connect with us. Every case is different and previous results do not guarantee a settlement.
Our team will push for a timely resolution, but there is no standard timeframe for resolving injury cases. It could take months to secure damages for you.
Dog bite cases involve complex laws for establishing negligence or carelessness. Proving that the owner knew the dog was vicious requires legal experience. Pursuing a case without legal representation comes with many disadvantages.
Remember, Louthian Law Firm, P.A. works on a contingency fee basis, so we do not charge any upfront fees or out-of-pocket costs. There is no financial risk in partnering with our team.
After a dog bite, you should:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends seeking medical attention after suffering a dog bite. Puncture wounds can lead to long-term tissue damage, and you can also develop an infection.
By seeking medical care, you put your physical recovery first. You also get documentation that can support your case. For example, imaging scans can attest to the severity of your injuries.
We need evidence to present a compelling case. Take pictures of your condition before and after getting medical help.
This information helps prove that:
You may want to share your story on social media. However, this could hurt you more than it helps you.
By sharing information about your case online:
Keep all information about your dog bite injury between yourself and your lawyer.
The insurance company may ask you for a recorded statement, but giving one is not in your best interest. Instead, it often helps the insurance company dispute your case. When you partner with our dog bite lawyers, we can manage all communications with the insurance company.
Our attorneys have more than 80 years of combined legal experience.
We have fought for people suffering from:
If you have any injuries, we encourage you to connect with our firm and find out how our injury lawyers can help.
Dog bites can happen anywhere and at any time.
For example, you can suffer injuries while visiting:
Our team is ready to help with your injury case. We believe that if you suffered harm, you deserve financial recover so let us fight for you.
To learn more about your legal options, contact us today at (843) 544-7272 for your free, no-obligation case review.
215 East Bay St., Suite 403-G
Charleston SC, 29401
Mr. Louthian and the Louthian Law Firm provided me with excellent legal services regarding a legal issue with a major corporation. They involved me in all aspects of resolving my legal issue and provided me with the guidance and counsel that I needed to win my case. The Louthian Law Firm treated me with dignity and respect and I can honestly say that it was a pleasure working with them. Mr. Louthian and the Louthian Law Firm is my first recommendation to others who require legal assistance.
Errick Bethel Sr.