Animal owners are responsible for harm caused by their pets. The most prevalent form of animal attacks is dog bite cases. However, South Carolina’s laws state that animal owners are responsible for any type of injury that is caused by the animal unless the animal is provoked. Some of these cases can involve injuries sustained while trying to run away from an animal who is off leash or by tripping over an uncontrolled animal. South Carolina’s laws also stipulate that any person who exercises care or control over the animal may be held liable for injury caused by the animal. Even if a person or business does not personally own the animal that caused the harm, their homeowner’s insurance or commercial insurance may provide coverage to an injured party if the person or the employees of a business can be found to have exerted care or control over the animal.
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