The American Veterinary Association tells us that over 4.5 million Americans are victims of dog bites every year, with more than 800,000 of these needing medical attention (according to the CDC- US Centers for Disease Control). More common than you thought? Remember that any dog, no matter the size, breed or gender can bite.

Have you or your child been involved in a dog bite incident?

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Have you been bitten?

Dog Bite Management

What To Do Immediately:

  • Document any evidence of the dog who bit you and attempt to gain contact details of the owner (e.g. name, address, phone number)
  • Document any injuries using photos
  • Seek medical help – dog bites can cause severe physical injuries and mental distress.
  • You may also contract rabies from a dog bite which can be fatal so it’s important to get yourself checked out by a professional

What To Do Later:

  • Contact the police and hand over the details of the owner/evidence of your injury
  • Remember to keep receipts of medical bills/insurance and payment records
  • Keep a clear contact record between you and the dog owner (if any)

To strengthen a legal claim, it is important to gather evidence such as photographs of the injuries and the location where the incident occurred, medical records, eyewitness statements, and any other relevant documentation.

Dog Bite Law


South Carolina has a strict one-bite rule. Even if this is the first time a dog has ever bitten somebody, the owner is liable. Generally no matter why, or in what manner the dog bites you, the owner is liable. We can help you prosecute the owner and make a successful claim.

The statute reads as follows:
“If an individual is bitten or otherwise attacked by a canidae while the individual is in a public place or is lawfully in a private place, including the property of the dog owner or person having the animal in the person’s care or keeping, the dog owner or person having the animal in the person’s care or keeping is liable for the damages suffered by the individual bitten or otherwise attacked. For the purposes of this section, an individual bitten or otherwise attacked is lawfully in a private place, including the property of the dog owner or person having the animal in the person’s care or keeping, when the individual bitten or otherwise attacked is on the property in the performance of a duty imposed upon the person by the laws of this State, the ordinances of a political subdivision of this State, the laws of the United States of America including, but not limited to, postal regulations, or when the individual bitten or otherwise attacked is on the property upon the invitation, express or implied, of the property owner or a lawful tenant or resident of the property.”
S.C. Code of Laws § 47-3-110.

Please note that there are some exceptions to this rule which can be discussed with one of our experienced attorneys.

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In South Carolina, even if it is the dog’s first-time biting someone, you have the right to make a compensation claim or press charges.

Dog Bite Compensation


Lots of types of injury can occur if you have been bitten by a dog. Severe injuries could lead to:

  • Flesh wounds/lacerations
  • Serious bodily harm
  • Broken bones
  • Permanent disfigurement
  • Death


Know your rights and what you may be entitled to. If somebody’s dog bites you or any of your loved ones, the dog owner is liable for any injury caused.

A dog attack can be very distressing. You may feel scared and anxious around dogs and their owners and you may be dealing with a physical injury which could be long term.

South Carolina holds dog owners strictly accountable and we can help you make a compensation claim or press charges.


Dog bites can leave physical and mental injury. Making a legal case and filing a lawsuit could mean that you gain closure and peace of mind that someone has been held responsible for your injury. We have plenty of experienced attorneys who can help you.

Has your child suffered a dog bite?

Your Legal Guide for Protecting Your Child’s Rights

If your child has been bitten by a dog, it’s crucial to understand your rights and take appropriate steps to ensure their well-being. Our experienced team of attorneys is here to guide you through the process and help you seek the justice your child deserves.

Immediate Actions to Take

Seek Medical Attention

Ensure your child receives prompt medical care for their injuries.
Document all medical treatments and expenses.

Identify the Dog and Owner

Obtain information about the dog’s owner, including name and contact details.
Identify any witnesses to the incident and gather their contact information.

Reporting the Incident

Contact Animal Control

Report the dog bite to the local animal control authorities.
Provide details about the incident and the dog involved.

Document the Incident

Take photographs of the injuries and the location where the dog bite occurred.
Keep a detailed record of events leading up to the incident.

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Dog bites can be very scary and inflict permanent damage that can last a lifetime.

Seeking Compensation

Medical Expenses

Pursue compensation for all medical bills related to your child’s injuries.
Include costs for future medical treatments, if necessary.

Pain and Suffering

Seek damages for the physical and emotional distress caused by the dog bite.

Loss of Enjoyment of Life

If applicable, pursue compensation for any lasting impact on your child’s quality of life.

At Henderson & Henderson, we understand the emotional and financial toll a dog bite can have on your family. Our dedicated team is committed to helping you navigate the legal process and secure the compensation your child deserves. Contact us today for a confidential consultation and take the first step toward protecting your child’s rights.

Has your dog bitten someone?

In South Carolina, the laws regarding dog bites hold the owner accountable for any damages caused by their dog biting someone or another animal. It may be more common than you think with over 4.5 million Americans being bitten by dogs every year (according to the American Veterinary Association).

What to do immediately:

  • Remove your dog from the area
  • Help the victim seek medical attention and keep the wound as clear as possible
  • Exchange information with the victim to allow proper contact and following of any insurance claims/legal action

What to do after:

  • Cooperate with authorities
  • Consider legal implications- depending on the severity of the bite and the jurisdiction, there may be legal consequences such as having to pay compensation, a lawsuit or criminal charges
  • Seek professional advice to understand your rights and responsibilities

Why should I seek legal help?

Remember that dog bites can have serious consequences. Taking immediate action and seeking professional assistance will help both parties in the long run. You could face legal claims, insurance claims, lawsuits, civil cases, even criminal charges, and your dog could be euthanized. South Carolina has a strict one-bite rule. Even if this is the first time your dog has ever bitten somebody, the owner is liable.

How can I help prevent my dog from biting someone?

It is important to understand that all dogs, regardless of their breed or size, have the potential to bite. While some dogs may bite out of fear or self-defense, others may bite due to aggression or protective instincts. Preventing dog bites involves responsible pet ownership, proper training, and socialization. To prevent legal action or legal claims made against you due to dog bites, it is crucial for dog owners to take precautions to prevent their dogs from biting. This could be through training and socializing your dog, keeping your dog on a leash in public, and appropriately confining your dog if necessary.

Looking after you

It can be very distressing when your dog has bitten somebody for everybody involved. You may feel confused about how this happened or worried about what may happen next. You may be worried about the future for your dog and any implications the event may have on yourself. You may feel embarrassed, guilty or ashamed. We can provide a judgment free environment to help solve the matter quickly and efficiently.

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