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Greenville Dog Bite and Animal Attack Lawyers

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Our dog bite attorneys and staff at Hammack Law Firm are committed to our clients. With more than 19 years of litigation and trial experience, Paul Hammack has received an AV rating from the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell. Paul has spent the last 17 years working for insurance companies, so he knows the industry playbook and he can put that knowledge and experience to work for you.

While every case is different, Hammack Law Firm has helped numerous people who have been injured in dog bites or attacks. If you have a need for an experienced dog bite attorney who will give you the personal service, compassion and care that you deserve, call us today. Don’t let the dog bite without a fight.

Recent Dog Bite Accident Victories

$1,600,000

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Settlement involving a husband and wife who suffered debilitating injuries after being hit head on by a tractor-trailer.

$525,000

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Wrongful death settlement involving an elderly pedestrian who was run over and killed by a pickup truck in a restaurant parking lot.

$125,000

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Settlement arising out of a low impact parking lot collision that caused neck injuries resulting in surgery.

Testimonials

My experience with this law firm was wonderful I recommend anyone who is in need of a lawyer to contact this law firm!
Briajah Rodgers
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Thank u for helping me all the way great people work at this offic.
Rickiya Rivera
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I have had nothing but great experiences with this company. Mr Hammack,Tracy,and Shelly are very great to work with. They are on top of your case. I have never had to deal with this type of situation so they explained the whole process. Thanks you guys!!!!!
Kristi Mull
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I have never met a law firm that genuinely cared for their clients. Very warm and welcoming atmosphere. My family and I were always treated like family.Paul hammock and his team help me get what I deserved and they did not stop until they did. Words can not express my gratitude for all your hard work and dedication.
Monica Opdyke
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I was bery pleased with paul hammack and his staff.
Brad Haynes
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My Husband and I couldn’t have picked a better law firm. Hard working, respectful, Friendly and they truly make you feel like family. They worked on our case and went way beyond our expectations. Highly recommended!! We appreciate everything they did for us and how they kept us updated at all times throughout the process! Thank you Hammack Law Firm! -The Jones Family.
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Greenville Dog Bites Lawyer

All dog owners are responsible for the physical contact of their dog with third parties that may cause injury. A dog doesn’t have to be a vicious breed or violently attack someone for its owner to be liable for its actions. This includes individuals that are dog-sitting. Any person responsible for care of the dog at the time when it causes injury to a third party can be held accountable.

If you were attacked by someone else’s dog, you may be eligible for compensation for your medical bills and other expenses related to the attack. For an empathetic and diligent team, seek the Greenville dog bite attorney of Hammack Law Firm. Put your trust in our team, and get the compensation you deserve to recover from this horrific incident.

A victim of an unprovoked attack should seek medical treatment as soon as possible. The following are all common injuries suffered by victims of dog attacks:

  • Puncture wounds – Dogs have sharp teeth and can use their strength to clamp down on victims. Limbs are common areas that suffer puncture wounds. These can lead to severe bleeding, and in cases where the puncture is deep or results in loss of skin, scarring.
  • Broken bones – When a dog attacks, they may launch at victims and the force can cause them to fall over. A hard fall can result in broken ribs or that of a limb used to brace the fall. If a dog clasps onto a limb with enough pressure, this may also shatter, fracture, or break bones.
  • Infection of a bite – Due to bacteria in the dog’s mouth, a bite can lead to infection if the wound is not properly treated and disinfected. This is why it is essential to get necessary medical care after a dog attack. Some dogs may even be sick with rabies or other diseases, so always make sure to get the wound cleaned properly.
  • Cuts, scrapes, and scratches – Even play with a dog can result in minor cuts and scratches. In the event of an attack, a dog can claw at the victim, causing these injuries to the entire body. These must also be cleaned and treated to avoid scarring or infection.
  • Facial disfiguration – The face of a human is often the first target of a violent dog. When a dog bites or scratches a person’s face, the damage can be so severe that the victim may need plastic surgery to recover.
  • Emotional trauma – An animal attack can lead to lifelong trauma and fear of interaction with dogs. Victims of violent dogs and owner negligence should pursue legal action to be compensated for their pain and suffering.

Call (864) 326-3333 today for a free-consultation from our Greenville lawyer and take the first step towards compensation.

Dog Bite Laws in South Carolina

Statutory Liability

The modern dog bite statute of South Carolina states that a dog owner is strictly liable for damages suffered by a person who is “bitten or otherwise attacked.” The dog owner is not liable if the individual provoked the animal.

The ‘One Bite’ Rule

Under common law liability, the dog mad have had violent tendencies towards humans before the date of the attack, and it’s owner must have had some prior knowledge of the dog’s tendencies to act violently towards humans prior to the date of the attack.

South Carolina follows the common law in its implementation of the “one bite rule” in which:

Domestic animals are not deemed as violent towards humans in South Carolina, and prior to any liability of the owner for damages, the plaintiff must prove that the animal was of previous violent nature towards humans and the dog owner had a propensity towards the fact that their dog was of previous violent nature towards humans.

This implies that the dog owner has maintained possession of a previously violent dog, and thus took no precaution to prevent future attacks on humans.

Landlord Liability

Landlords are liable for dog attacks that occur in common areas of multi-family premises for which they are responsible. This applies if the landlord had some previous knowledge of the violent nature the animal had toward humans and was negligent in failing to remove the dog from the premises.

The landlord is not liable for injuries to a person if the dog attack occured on the tenant’s property, where the violent dog was kept.

Reasons Dogs Attack and How They Warn Us

Although dogs are domestic animals and should not attack without reason, some causes of their aggression are not always obvious to humans. Besides being provoked, there are numerous factors that can lead a dog to act violently.

5 Possible Reasons A Dog Can Attack:

  1. Feeling Protective Over Possessions. Dogs may get violent if they feel their possessions are at risk. This is especially true for possession of their puppies, food, water, and even their owners.
  2. Dog Is Injured or Sick. Sometimes dogs attack when they are in an uncomfortable condition, such as being injured or sick. If a dog does not look well, never approach it.
  3. Fear. Unfamiliar surroundings and strangers can cause some dogs to be afraid. To stay on the safe side, if you are not familiar with a dog, do not try to pet it or interact with it.
  4. Unexpected Touch. An animal can respond differently to different physical interactions with a human. Sometimes even a pat to the head can result in feelings of discomfort or agitation. Never act in aggression or abrasive nature towards animals.
  5. Rough Play. Sometimes play can get out of hand. One minute, you are having fun, but the dog can get more aggressive as it progresses. Do not rough house with an unfamiliar dog and take caution even with dogs you know.

Take extra caution around unfamiliar dogs as you have no idea about their past. Some dogs may have been exposed to abuse, neglect, or other mistreatment. No dog acts violently without cause. Attacks can occur unexpectedly, so try best to avoid unfamiliar, stray, or seemingly provoked dogs to prevent attacks.

Call (864) 326-3333 right now to speak with an experienced Greenville dog bite attorney.

Dogs can change their behavior when they are about to attack. Some signals are obvious while others are too subtle for an unaware human to grasp. Knowing the signals and ways to prevent an interaction with a violent dog can keep you safe and reduce the chance of harm.

Dog Attack Warning Signs

Take caution and try to remove yourself from the situation when dogs begin to show theses body signals:

  • Turns head away from human
  • Animal walks away from human
  • Avoiding eye contact
  • Licking lips or yawning
  • Whites of their eyes become visible
  • Growling, snapping, or barking
  • Showing teeth
  • Raised wagging tail
  • Tucked tail
  • Fur is raised
  • Rigid body

Steps to Prevent a Dog Attack

Owner intervention can seriously reduce the likelihood of attack. Under no circumstance should a violent dog make contact with the public. Owners can protect the public by taking these precautions:

  1. Keeping dogs leashed in public
  2. Not taking injured or sick dogs out
  3. Avoiding interactions with small children
  4. Warning others of a nervous dog
  5. Distracting your dog if it acts violently

Owners are not liable if and individual is attacked after provoking their dog. If a third-party comes in contact with an unfamiliar dog, they can take steps to prevent or defuse a possibly violent situation:

  1. Never approach or pet strange dogs
  2. Do not provoke an animal
  3. Know the warning signs
  4. Never try to outrun a dog
  5. Speak softly, especially to an agitated dog
  6. Distract a seemingly violent animal

Seek Professional Help After a Serious Dog Attack

First and foremost, always get the necessary medical attention after a dog bite or attack injury. If you wish to seek legal action against a violent dog with a negligent owner, South Carolina’s “strict liability” will not require proof of an owner’s failure to their duty of care.

Our Greenville dog bite attorneys can assist you in recovering damages to deal with your medical costs, pain, and suffering. When an animal attacks you, it can result in emotional trauma and evoke fear that can last a lifetime. Negligent dog owners should be held responsible for putting you in harm’s way.

Your well-being is our ultimate priority. Seek individualized attention to your personal injury case today. The compassionate and experienced dog bite lawyer of Hammack Law Firm are ready to serve you and assist in your recovery.

Contact our firm today at (864) 326-3333 to get started.

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Testimonials

I am so thankful for Paul and his team! My wife was hit by a car over a year ago while standing watching our kids at a field day. Paul and I discussed the situation and it was clear because of the significant liability on the part of the person driving the car that we needed to pursue an insurance settlement. We made one phone call to the hospital and insurance company and knew we were in over our heads. After that I knew that HLFs expertise was necessary to navigate these waters. They did a terrific job and exactly 7 months after the incident, all was settled. We are extremely satisfied and thankful for their work.
Did I mention Lynn? AMAZING. So refreshing to watch pros navigate what could be a stressful and drawn-out process with elegance and efficiency.
Haro Setian
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Excellent legal service. Got me a very fair settlement from a vehicle accident, kept me fully informed during the process. Well Done!
John Davis
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(Translated by Google) Excellent service in my car accident case. A law firm really reliable and professional staff atendiéndome in my language.(Original) Excelente servicio en mi caso de accidente de auto. Una firma de abogados realmente confiable y con personal profesional atendiéndome en mi idioma.
Fernando Rocha
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Well…I guess in my eyes a Testimony is more valuable than a Review! My wife has been involved with her case with the help of Hammack Law Firm. I was not involved nowhere near as much as my wife but yet I witnessed the struggle. Paul doesn’t make promises and guarantees that he can’t keep but the one promise and the one guarantee is that he will do everything he can to help you and be there for you! The measures of this man is immeasurable because he’s a man of Faith. My wife and I witnessed that first hand. Paul’s staff shows what his expectations are to be which makes them great at what they do! Now some of you may not post such praises and positive vibes but one can only speak from one’s experience and ours was Highly Favored! Stay Focused Paul you and your staff are continued to be destined for Greatness!

Adam Johnson
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I went to 3 other law firms first and they all told me my case was not worth pursuing. I had a serious incident and went through a lot so I decided to try 1 more. They took my case and Paul got me a lot more than I expected! Everyone there is so helpful & friendly. Traci was also amazing! Thank you soooo much for everything.
Bob
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Absolutely a great group of people to work with. I don’t think I could have chosen a better firm to handle my case. Everyone is friendly and informative. If I ever have anymore legal issues I will be going back!
Courtney Brown
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I have been very pleased with the Hammack Law Firm. This firm has been helpful in all ways of settling a dispute. If one ever needs an attorney, Hammack Law Firm is the best ! Everyone that works here is most helpful, courteous and very professional!
Jackie Looper
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My experience with this law firm was wonderful I recommend anyone who is in need of a lawyer to contact this law firm!
Briajah Rodgers
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I have had nothing but great experiences with this company. Mr Hammack,Tracy,and Shelly are very great to work with. They are on top of your case. I have never had to deal with this type of situation so they explained the whole process. Thanks you guys!!!!!
Kristi Mull
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I was bery pleased with paul hammack and his staff.
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We are very pleased with hammack law firm.

Alycia Jones
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Wonderful team, they know how to care care of clients!
Dan Hammack
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Paul and the entire Hammock Law Firm operate with integrity and excellence. The firm provides a client-centered approach to the case at hand, delivering the best achievable results. Highly recommended!
Dr. Cameron Guida
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Hammack Law Firm is absolutely one of the finest, profressional group of people I have ever met. They are compassionate about what they do. Paul is very personable and reaches out to each and everyone of his clients to keep them informed on their case! I give them a five star rating!!
Lauren Marvin
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Paul is a fantastic attorney. He is very easy to talk to, and provides excellent legal service. Highly recommended.
Dan Crotchett
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They were very friendly and nice. They answered all My questions very well. They welcomed my whole family. Did everything that I expected and more.
Kimberly Higgins
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Def! 5 stars recommended to friends and family… They have bilingual staff and 100%/dedicated to your case!!! Staff is amazing!!!
Brenda Monroy
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They were super nice and knew how to help me and were really friendly and helpped my family when we needed it.
Brittany Higgins
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Great group. Very professional atmosphere!
Hardy Auston
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Great experience!
Ben Dixon
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Hammack law firm was so easy to work with.
Denise Tessneer
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Attorney Hammack and his team of professionals are absolutely wonderful. They were informative every step of the way by explaining the personal injury process. They worked tirelessly to ensure that I would be granted the largest settlement possible and I did! They are a great law firm that I will recommend to anyone looking to be treated with dignity and respect. Thanks so much to all of you for the legal service provided to me!
LaConda Moore
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When I had my car accident, my life suddenly and radically changed. Instead of running my company and traveling all over the country to see clients, I found myself in bed for weeks, unable to move, facing multiple surgeries and procedures, and fully at the mercy of family and caretakers. Paul took our case and helped us through the emotional and financial strain of the situation. He helped us get the full insurance settlement quickly and efficiently, which helped get our life back on track.
Beckie R
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My husband and I were represented by Hammack Law Firm in an insurance dispute. Paul helped us get the most out of our case and avoid litigation.
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