Compensation for a Dog Bite: Amounts
There were nearly 90 million dogs living in US households in 2017. With those kinds of numbers, it’s no wonder that dog bites requiring medical treatment occur in the hundreds of thousands each and every year. We love our pets, but sometimes a man’s best friend can be dangerous.
If you or someone you know has recently been bitten, you may be thinking of going through the process of a dog bite lawsuit. Typically, the dog owner is liable if their pet caused any type of damages, which may include:
- Suffering and Pain: Being bitten by a dog is painful. That pain can continue both physically and mentally/emotionally.
- Loss of Income: If the bite prevents you from working, you’ll be entitled to reimbursement from lost income.
- Potential Property Damage: If the animal damaged any of your property, you are entitled to the cost of restoring said damaged items.
- Medical Bills: Paying for any bodily damage will cost you. Medical bills are pricey, and if you weren’t the one responsible for the injuries you have, you shouldn’t be paying for treatment.
- Multiple or Punitive Damages: The dog in question might have hurt other people in the past; if this is the case and the dog bites you, the owner might be liable for multiple damages. Punitive damages involve owners who demonstrate reckless behavior in allowing their dangerous animal to roam freely.
Dog Bite Settlement Amounts
You may be eligible to receive compensation for a dog bite—the amount depending on a handful of factors—if you suffered harm or injury as a result of the bite. There’s no magic average we can post online, but an experienced attorney like David L. Mulligan has been part of countless cases and can give you an idea of what to expect based on your case.
Dog bite settlement amounts vary based on the situation and individual circumstances. To find out what your settlement amount could be for a dog bite lawsuit, contact David L. Milligan today.