With fall creeping in, the weather can be something to enjoy this time of year. However, there are dangers, even in this late summer environment. Unfortunately, one such danger, specifically for children walking to and from school or to bus stops, people jogging, and all other manner of late summer outdoor activities, are animal attacks, specifically dog bites. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year in this country, and in 2012, more than 27,000 people required reconstructive surgery as a result of being bitten.
The injuries associated with these attacks often result in exorbitant medical expenses. And just who would be responsible for these medical expenses? South Carolina law imposes liability not only on the dog owner but also possibly on the property owner if the dog is in his/her care or control when a dog attacks a person without provocation.