Beware of Dog Sign

If you have been attacked by a dog on someone else's property, you may want to know if a Beware of Dog sign will have any impact on your injury claim.

Question:

Will a 'Beware of Dog' sign affect my ability to recover compensation?

Answer:

Beware of Dog SignI was recently speaking to someone from South Carolina who was attacked by a dog, and they wanted to know if a dog warning sign would prohibit them from bringing any type of claim. My response to that was probably not. Unless they were attempting to trespass into the yard, that sign is, for the most part, meaningless. If you’re on someone’s property, they have a responsibility to alert you of dangers that are there and to also prevent those dangers, so it’s not simply enough for someone to put up a sign warning you that there is a dog there if you’re on someone’s property.

Also, in South Carolina, again, you have strict liability when it comes to dog bites, and it’s very hard to get around that. The owner of a dog is almost always responsible for that dog attacking someone in South Carolina. I would say that it usually does not make a difference and that you should go ahead, in any event, and contact a trial attorney who has experience in handling dog bite cases as soon as possible.

If anyone out there has been a victim of a dog bite and has questions about the process and how to proceed, please contact my office. We’d be more than happy to talk to you.

 


Were you or a loved one attacked by a dog and have questions about the impact a Beware of Dog sign will have on your personal injury claim? Contact the experienced North Augusta dog bite lawyers at Nimmons Malchow Johnson today for a free consultation and case evaluation.

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