According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, about 4.5 million dog bites occur each year. About one in five of those dog bites leads to an infection, which could be rabies, Pasteurella, and even MRSA. Victims of a dog bite injury may be entitled to compensation for their medical bills or wages lost while recovering from the dog bite. If you’re in need of help after a dog bite, the personal injury lawyers at Carter Mario may be able to assist you with your dog bite settlement.
A dog bite settlement is primarily based on the victim, and their attorney, proving that they suffered real damages. Due to this, Carter Mario suggests victims do the following after a dog bite.
Victims cannot always identify the dog owner as the dog may be a runaway or the owner may not be at home when the attack occurs. Nonetheless, writing down as much information as possible, including when, where, and how the attack happened, can help build a strong case.
Some damages, like medical expenses and lost wages, are easier to calculate. However, further damages are more subjective. For example, if the victim suffered a dog bite that led to permanent scarring or nerve damage, the damages may be considered greater. If the victim suffers from depression or anxiety around animals, they may be entitled to receive monetary compensation for their mental anguish.
A settlement is more likely if the other party believes there may be a chance of losing the case during trial. If the incident reveals that the dog owner failed to adhere to the state’s dog bite laws, the settlement is more likely to occur than a trial. However, if the victim is going against an insurer, possibly through a homeowners’ insurance claim, it might be more difficult to get a settlement.
Carter Mario is experienced in handling dog bite injury claims and can help those who believe they may be entitled to compensation. The firm’s 8-point guarantee means that victims receive award-winning service and a dedicated team to help with their case. Furthermore, Carter Mario’s Zero-Fee Warranty means you don’t pay us unless we’re able to win your case. If you or a loved one has suffered from a dog bite injury, our lawyers are here to help guide you through the process of getting the compensation you need so you can focus on recovery.