According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “Nearly 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, half of these are children. One in five dog bites results in injuries serious enough to require medical attention.”
Every year, people are seriously and sometimes catastrophically injured by dog attacks. Children are often the most vulnerable, given their size and inability to understand the dangers of close contact with certain dogs. Large dogs, for example, may knock people from bicycles, but never bite. Yet, the owner is still responsible under South Carolina statutory law.
The McKnight Law Firm represents people who have suffered injuries from dog bites, attacks and other incidents where dogs cause injuries.
Insurance coverage issues are investigated at the outset. Many homeowners’ policies cover dog bites; others do not. Some dog owners are not cooperative and forthcoming with all available insurance coverages, therefore hoping the injured person will go away. Sometimes between friends and neighbors attempts are made to settle the matter with the payment of medical bills. While such arrangements are correct in spirit and encouraged in principle, often, permanent, lifetime scarring goes unevaluated and uncompensated.
The McKnight Law Firm will ensure that you receive the proper scar revision evaluations from a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, and present your claim to applicable insurance carriers.
If settlement does not occur, the McKnight Law Firm will institute litigation and prepare your case for trial. Of course, the McKnight Law Firm does everything it can to preserve good relations between friends and neighbors. Usually, dog owners are somewhat understanding when their dog inflicts serious injuries, and the McKnight Firm deals with them in polite and friendly manner, while pursuing the claim with their insurance company representatives. We try to preserve good relations between neighbors as best we are able, while also ensuring our injured clients’ rights are fully protected.
The McKnight Law Firm will therefore ensure that your harms and losses are documented, presented and considered as part of the settlement negotiation process; then if not settled, litigation and trial may be warranted; but again, we work towards an amicable resolution during this difficult process to maximize healing and give all parties closure on the situation at hand.
Contact us to discuss your situation. We can help.