South Carolina ranks 19th in the country for dog bites with $1.7 million paid on dog bite claims across the state in 2016. During that year, South Carolina dog bite victims averaged $25,000 for their injuries.
Dog bite injuries can be serious and can result in permanent scarring and disfigurement and even death. In fact, 20 percent of the 4.5 million dog bites that occur every year across the United States become infected. These infections can lead to serious medical complications, resulting in numerous surgeries, hospitalizations, skin grafts, and rehabilitation.
Sadly, the majority of dog bite victims are young children between the ages of five and nine. These children are vulnerable to serious infections, long-term disfigurement and damage that can adversely affect their entire lives.
Any settlement or award must take into consideration the long-term effects of the dog bite injury on the victim as they age. Due to the severity of these injuries, it is recommended that all dog bite injury victims contact an experienced South Carolina dog bite injury lawyer immediately.