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MYRTLE BEACH Dog bite injury ATTORNEYS

Why You Need the Top Lawyers in Dog Bites Accidents

If a dog attacked or bit you, causing physical injuries, call The Yates Firm right now to discuss the incident. We can review the circumstances and determine a legal strategy to recover the compensation you deserve.

Under South Carolina statute 47-3-110, a dog’s owner is liable for the losses a bitten individual suffers while lawfully in a private place or in a public place. Dog owners are supposed to keep their dogs restrained properly at all times. They’re not allowed to allow their pets off-leash to run around in public. If a dog bites someone, the owner should be held accountable for their careless actions.

Dog bite injuries are painful and can lead to a range of complications. Infections are one of the most common problems dog bite victims face. If the wound becomes infected and the infection spreads throughout the body, it can be life-threatening.

If your actions didn’t contribute to the attack, you shouldn’t be forced to pay out of pocket for your medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. The dog’s owner should be financially responsible for the harm you suffered. At The Yates Firm, we are familiar with state laws and know what it takes to recover the maximum compensation available for our clients.

Call The Yates Firm at 843.692.3237 today for a free consultation with one of our Myrtle Beach dog bite injury attorneys.

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CAUSES OF Dog
bite injuries

IN AN INJURY CLAIM...

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Fear

If a dog becomes fearful, it might attack a person. Fear can play a part in a range of scenarios. Whether they hear a sudden loud noise or think someone approaching them is a threat, they could lunge and bite your hand or arm.

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Illness

When a dog gets sick, it could be in pain. Specific parts of their body might be too sensitive to be touched. If a dog isn’t feeling well, it could attack out of instinct to protect itself. A dog might also chomp down on someone’s hand as a way to inform them of the pain they’re feeling.

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Maternal Instinct

Much like humans, dogs become protective of their babies. A female dog is especially territorial over its puppies and will attack anyone it perceives as a threat.

If you approach the babies aggressively or suddenly, without warning, the mother might think you’re trying to harm her puppies in some way and attack to defend them.

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Play

Dogs love to play with humans and other dogs. Unfortunately, playing could get too rough, causing a dog bite injury. Even if the dog doesn’t mean to cause harm, it could nip at someone too aggressively, puncturing the skin.

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Injury

Much like a disease, an injury can cause pain to a dog. A broken bone or deep wound on a paw can prevent them from walking normally. If it hurts for a dog to jump, walk, or play, they won’t want someone to touch them on the injury site.

Biting is an instinctive action to protect themselves when they’re injured. If you’re not aware of the injury, you might reach out to pet the dog where it hurts, resulting in a bite or attack.

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Possessive Behavior

Typically, dogs exhibit possessiveness about their food, toys, and anything else they perceive as belonging to them. You might think you’re having fun playing fetch, but holding onto the dog’s favorite toy for too long could cause them to lunge to try to grab it from you, accidentally biting your hand in the process.

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Startlement

Dogs can become startled easily, especially under certain circumstances. Some startle if they’re in an unfamiliar place or surroundings. The dog might appear more cautious than usual while getting used to being in a new location with different noises, sights, and smells. If you approach it from behind or reach out to pet it, it could become startled and bite you.

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Stress

Stressful environments can amplify stressors in an anxiety-ridden dog. Even if you don’t provoke the dog, it could bite you anyway if it feels stressed being near you.

If a dog becomes fearful, it might attack a person. Fear can play a part in a range of scenarios. Whether they hear a sudden loud noise or think someone approaching them is a threat, they could lunge and bite your hand or arm.

When a dog gets sick, it could be in pain. Specific parts of their body might be too sensitive to be touched. If a dog isn’t feeling well, it could attack out of instinct to protect itself. A dog might also chomp down on someone’s hand as a way to inform them of the pain they’re feeling.

Much like humans, dogs become protective of their babies. A female dog is especially territorial over its puppies and will attack anyone it perceives as a threat.

If you approach the babies aggressively or suddenly, without warning, the mother might think you’re trying to harm her puppies in some way and attack to defend them.

Dogs love to play with humans and other dogs. Unfortunately, playing could get too rough, causing a dog bite injury. Even if the dog doesn’t mean to cause harm, they could nip at someone too aggressively, puncturing the skin.

Much like a disease, an injury can cause pain to a dog. A broken bone or deep wound on a paw can prevent them from walking normally. If it hurts for a dog to jump, walk, or play, they won’t want someone to touch them on the injury site.

Biting is an instinctive action to protect themselves when they’re injured. If you’re not aware of the injury, you might reach out to pet the dog where it hurts, resulting in a bite or attack.

Typically, dogs exhibit possessiveness about their food, toys, and anything else they perceive as belonging to them. You might think you’re having fun playing fetch, but holding onto the dog’s favorite toy for too long could cause them to lunge to try to grab it from you, accidentally biting your hand in the process.

Dogs can become startled easily, especially under certain circumstances. Some startle if they’re in an unfamiliar place or surroundings. The dog might appear more cautious than usual while getting used to being in a new location with different noises, sights, and smells. If you approach it from behind or reach out to pet it, it could become startled and bite you.

Stressful environments can amplify stressors in an anxiety-ridden dog. Even if you don’t provoke the dog, it could bite you anyway if it feels stressed being near you.

COMPENSATION FOR
Dog Bites VICTIMS in Myrtle Beach

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$4,100,000

Total Recovered

recovered for family that suffered serious injuries in a tragic event

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$4,000,000

Total Recovered

for a client hit head-on by a commercial vehicle

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$200,000

Total Recovered

for a passenger in a single car accident

Punitive damages might be available in a lawsuit against the dog’s owner. This financial award punishes the defendant for their actions and aims to deter similar behavior in the future. You must show clear and convincing evidence of the owner’s wanton, willful, reckless, or even criminal conduct for the jury to award you with this form of compensation. Reach out to The Yates Firm if you’ve suffered an injury from a dog bite.

$4,100,000 ​
Total Recovered recovered for family that suffered serious injuries in a tragic event​

$4,000,000 ​
Total Recovered for a client hit head-on by a commercial vehicle​

$200,000 ​
Total Recovered for a passenger in a single car accident​

A HISTORY OF SUCCESS

IN Dog bite injury CLAIMS...

The Myrtle Beach dog bite injury attorneys of The Yates Firm believe in assisting members of our community in need of legal representation. You won’t have to face the negligent dog owner alone. We will remain by your side from start to finish of the process to fight for the compensation you deserve.

When you meet with us to discuss your case, you won’t have to pay any fees. We provide an initial consultation for free so dog bite victims can receive the legal advice and guidance necessary to decide what to do moving forward.

The Yates Firm is here to help. Contact us today.

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WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I'VE BEEN HURT IN A

Dog bite accident IN MYRTLE BEACH?

01

REPORT THE INCIDENT
You should report what happened to the dog’s owner immediately. If necessary, call 911 so law enforcement can investigate. You might need to notify animal control if the dog is a stray or you can’t locate the owner.

02

SECURE EVIDENCE AT THE SCENE
If the dog’s owner is in the vicinity, ask for their name and contact information. You should also discuss the dog’s vaccination history. Take photos of any visible injuries you sustained as well. If you can find witnesses, write down their names and phone numbers.

03

GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM
Dog bite injuries can become infected and lead to various medical complications. It’s critical to go to the hospital for treatment of the wounds. The doctor might need to administer rabies or tetanus vaccinations. Sometimes, surgery is necessary to repair damage to the nerves, muscles, or tissue beneath the skin.

04

MAINTAIN DOCUMENTATION OF THE INCIDENT
You should take detailed notes of the incident. Write down where the attack happened, the injuries you suffered, and a list of all doctors you saw for treatment. Keep a copy of your hospital records, medical bills, and other documents associated with your dog bite injury.

05

HIRE AN ATTORNEY
You should hire a lawyer soon after the dog attack. Your lawyer can focus on the legal aspects of your case so you can focus your time and attention on recovering.

06

CONTACT US
If you suffered injuries from a dog bite or attack, you might be able to hold the dog’s owner liable for your medical bills and other losses.

Call The Yates Firm at 843.692.3237 for a free consultation with one of our Myrtle Beach dog bite injury attorneys today. We are ready to help you pursue a claim and secure the money you’re owed.

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