Most dog owners regard their canine pets as cherished family members that provide companionship and unconditional love. No one likes to think of their furry best friends as a potential animal attack lawsuit that requires police intervention, lawyers, and dog bite settlements.
Unfortunately, sometimes a dog turns vicious and wages an attack that results in severe physical and psychological harm. Then, you as a victim may sue the dog owner (or their insurance company) for the damages they suffered as a result of the attack.
A dog bite settlement encompasses several factors, and the amount of compensation varies according to the individual situation. Here is what you can expect from a dog bite lawsuit.Do You Have a Case?
Before we can cover the question that’s on everyone’s mind, “how much is my dog bite settlement worth,” it’s helpful to discuss what kinds of damages are often included in these types of lawsuits and who most often pays for those damages.
In a dog bite lawsuit, damages are usually paid by the dog owner’s insurance company. A victim may receive compensation for tangible and intangible losses, such as:
This compensation may include hospitalization, surgery, medication, physical and/or occupational therapy, and psychological services.
These damages, which are often the biggest portion of a dog bite settlement, depend on the severity of the injuries and whether they are long-term or permanent. In addition to physical injuries, some victims experience severe and lasting psychological effects after a dog attack.
The victim of a severe dog attack may be temporarily or permanently unable to return to work. These plaintiffs may claim compensation for current and future income.
When a victim falls off a bicycle or motorcycle as a result of being chased by a dog, these damages can include such items as broken eyeglasses or a damaged bike.
Dog bite settlements are based on several factors, such as the severity of the injuries and whether there is permanent scarring or other lasting physical and/or emotional damage. In addition, the dog owner’s insurance coverage also plays a part in determining the average size of the payout.
Our experienced dog bite lawyers have won large verdicts and settlements for many dog bite victims.
In one case, we won a $301,000 dog bite settlement for a toddler who suffered multiple head injuries and permanent facial scarring after being attacked by a pit bull.
In another lawsuit, a judge awarded a record $100 million symbolic judgment to a plaintiff who was savagely attacked by a pack of vicious dogs. The victim, Steve Constantine, suffered long-term debilitating injuries as a result of the brutal and unprovoked attack.
As you can see from the examples above, the size of your settlement payout varies greatly. This makes it tricky to give you a firm average dog bite claim payout amount without understanding just how many variables contribute to your specific case.
Regardless of the situation, our skilled legal team will fight to win the compensation you and your family deserve.
The time period between the dog attack and the resolution of a lawsuit varies considerably according to the circumstances of each case.
For example, when a victim is seriously hurt, an experienced dog bite injury attorney might wait to file suit until there is more information on the extent of your injuries.
In Michigan, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases, which include dog bite claims, is three years. However, for victims under 18, the time limit is extended until their 19th birthday. Nevertheless, if your child is bitten by a dog, you should contact a dog bite lawyer as soon as possible to achieve the best outcome. Your lawyer will determine the optimal time to file suit on your behalf so you receive the maximum amount of compensation.
Also, it is common for the dog owner’s insurance company to offer a premature and usually inadequate settlement. While you may be tempted to settle your case quickly, accepting an offer without consulting a lawyer is a serious mistake. These offers are typically much lower than the settlement you may receive when you hire an experienced dog bite lawyer.
Because there are so many variables, there is no standard time period for settling a dog bite case. After reviewing your medical records and other details, your attorney will be able to estimate how long it will take to receive your settlement.
That’s right. According to numerous studies, plaintiffs who hire lawyers for personal injury cases achieve better financial outcomes than those who represent themselves.
A knowledgeable dog bite attorney knows how to build a case that results in winning the maximum amount of compensation. This includes obtaining and analyzing medical records and other supporting documentation, including expert witness testimony.
Furthermore, Michigan dog bite law states the attack must occur “without provocation.” Often, the owner and/or the insurance company attempt to prove the victim provoked the dog. A qualified dog bite lawyer knows how to counteract these claims so you receive the highest possible settlement.
Finally, an experienced attorney will prepare and submit your paperwork in accordance with the Michigan statutes of limitations and filing requirements. You can focus on recovering from your injuries, knowing your case is in competent hands.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog, contact us immediately. We know what it takes to win your case, and we are ready to fight for the compensation you deserve.
Animal attack law is complicated. To learn more about how our dog bite injury law firm can help you, visit our page for dog bite lawyers and contact us immediately.Do You Have a Case?
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