What can you expect from a dog bite settlement?
Dog bite settlement cases can vary drastically, depending on the circumstances and situation of each individual case.
In a recently settled case in New Jersey, the dog bite victim received a payment of $ 1.75 million. In this case, the victim was a home health care worker providing physical therapy to a relative of the owners.
Without any apparent warning, the couple’s small dog suddenly bit the therapist’s hand, causing 3 deep puncture wounds to his index finger. While this may not sound like much, the injuries were actually very serious. There were complications that resulted in significant pain, swelling, and surgeries. There was also a decrease in range of motion. Part of the injury involved a permanent spinal cord stimulator.
In this case, a lawsuit was filed and an agreement was reached through the mediation process. As the victim was found to be legally on the property, the dog’s owners were found to be legally liable for the injuries sustained.
While each case is different, this is an extreme case, as they were major injuries that affected the victim’s ability to work. If you have been involved in a dog bite attack, you will first need to seek proper medical treatment and evaluation immediately. Even if the bite does not appear to be very serious, it is extremely important that the wounds are treated by a professional. In this case, there were only 3 small puncture wounds, nothing immediately appeared that the injuries were as severe as they turned out to be.
You may be entitled to a settlement that would include monetary compensation for your pain and suffering, all medical expenses you have already incurred, funds to cover any expected future medical care, and lost wages due to inability to work due to your injuries. Future medical expenses may include reconstruction or plastic surgery, physical therapy, and psychological counseling for emotional trauma.
Some cases are much smaller financially, but still carry significant costs that you shouldn’t be responsible for paying. Lost wages must also be returned to you. If you were not negligent in any way, or if you were legally on the dog owner’s property, you are entitled to receive adequate compensation for your injuries.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury from being bitten by a dog, you should consult with an experienced and successful personal injury attorney with experience in dog bites.