Dog Bites & Animal Attacks
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South Dakota Dog Bites & Animal Attacks
If you have been bitten by someone's dog in South Dakota, you may wonder if you have grounds for a lawsuit. It may seem like dog owners should always be liable for injuries their dogs cause. But dog bite laws can be tricky. That is why it is so important to retain a South Dakota attorney.
The “One-Bite” Rule in South Dakota
South Dakota is one of a number of states that still adheres to what is known as the "one-bite" rule. Under this rule, dog owners are only liable for injuries their dogs cause if the animal had a known propensity for violence. The most obvious example would be that the dog had bitten someone before—this "one bite" rule imposes liability from that point on. It is important to note that there are sometimes exceptions. So even if you were bitten by a dog that was not known to be dangerous, you may still have a case. An animal bites attorney can advise on your particular situation.
Locate a Local South Dakota Dog Bite Lawyer
Dog attacks can cause physical and emotional trauma. It can be reassuring to have a lawyer on your side who is well versed with how the dog bite laws work in your state. Call now to speak with a South Dakota personal injury attorney experienced with dog bites at 877-913-7222.