Dog Bite Injury

What is the Average Dog Bite Settlement?

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Dog Bite Injury

Dogs—while typically good-natured pets—are still animals at heart, and a bite or attack from “man’s best friend” can potentially land you in the hospital with painful injuries. Dog bites and attacks can cause significant physical damage, and can also result in expensive medical bills and severe emotional damage that can diminish your quality of life. Dog owners are legally liable for the actions of their animals, so you may be eligible to recover damages to help cover these costs.

Settlements for dog bite cases are unique to the individual and can vary based on the situation surrounding your incident. However, it can become difficult to recover the full value of your damages on your own, so it’s recommended that you retain an experienced attorney to assist you in the legal process. If you believe your dog bite settlement is undervalued, contact Morgan & Morgan to fight back.

How Much is My Dog Bite Settlement Worth?

While your settlement is largely dependent on the details of your case, successful plaintiffs can expect anywhere between $30,000 - $50,000 for their injuries. You can expect to recover damages such as:

  • Medical Expenses: A medical professional should examine your injury. Unfortunately, this treatment isn’t free, and the financial burden can be significant. If your case is successful, you can expect to recover any medical or hospital expenses you’ve accrued through your settlement.
  • Lost Wages: A serious dog bite or attack could restrict your ability to perform basic tasks and lead a normal life. If your injury limits your ability to earn a paycheck, you can pursue damages for your lost wages.
  • Pain and Suffering: Dog bite cases can result in emotional trauma that can last years into the future. This damage can make it difficult to return to your lifestyle, but you may be able to recover compensation for your suffering.
  • Disability Benefits: Animal instinct can turn a playful animal into a savage one very quickly. If the dog bite you’ve received or attack you’ve experienced has caused you to be disabled, you may be able to recover disability benefits in your settlement.

The insurance company will put a dollar figure on your situation based on how much they believe it has damaged you. They’ll make assumptions about your injuries and may attempt to diminish the restitution you’ll receive because they don’t understand your experience. Your pain was unique to you, and you should be compensated fairly based on the hardship you’ve endured.

Getting Started With Morgan & Morgan

It can be a daunting task to take on an insurance company by yourself. You need someone who will take your case seriously and will relentlessly advocate for you at the negotiation table. At Morgan & Morgan, we understand the price for your pain is infinite, which is why we’ll never settle for less than you deserve.

We try more cases than any other personal injury firm, and the insurance companies are aware of this. Once they hear you’ve teamed up with Morgan & Morgan, they won’t offer lowball settlements because they know we won’t tolerate it. They don’t want to see us in court and will offer higher settlements because of it.

Plus, it costs you nothing out-of-pocket to team up with us and we’re only paid if we win. We take our fee out of the favorable settlement or jury award so you can focus on your recovery. With over 1,000 attorneys and an extensive network of resources, you can rest assured knowing your case is in good hands.

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Dog Bite Settlement FAQs

  • How Can a Dog Bite Attorney Help?

    Dog bite cases include many different factors that can affect the compensation you receive in your settlement. The insurance company’s appraisal of your injuries could include inaccurate assumptions about the extent of the damage, which will result in a lower settlement for you and your family. But, by hiring an experienced dog bite lawyer, you can have a trained eye review your settlement.

    A dog bite attorney can also evaluate the pain and suffering damages section of your settlement. This number can come under debate due to the difficulty of measuring emotional trauma, so having proficient representation can be very beneficial when pursuing your full compensation.

    Dog owners are required to have homeowners or renters insurance that covers their pets, but some fail to do so. In situations like these, your case could be handled through court, rather than an insurance company. This introduces a problem if the pet owner has no assets, but an attorney can assist you in choosing the best route. 

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