How Much Can I Sue for a Dog Bite?
No one wants to be the victim of a dog bite. The trouble with dog bites is that they can be seemingly random attacks, and they can happen very fast. If you have been bitten by a dog, you might not be sure if you can sue the owner for the biting incident.
The answer is that you can usually sue the owner of the dog who has bitten you. Dog owners have a responsibility to keep their dogs under control, and they also need to recognize that an injury caused by a dog is not the dog’s fault but is instead the fault of the owner.
If you have been bitten by someone’s dog, you probably want to know how much of your medical costs can be covered after you sue.
What Costs Might You Have to Pay After a Dog Bite?
You might have costs associated with medical bills, lost wages, and lost earning capacity if your dog bite situation has been quite serious. You might also have emotional distress that is impacting your daily life and well-being, and you could also be dealing with pain and suffering that is limiting your ability to work and care for yourself.
The costs that are associated with a dog bite can be emotional as well as financial, and the total burden of your injuries can be felt for years after this kind of accident. This is why securing a skilled personal injury lawyer is so important in these cases. The details of your accident need to be presented correctly to help you to get the compensation that you deserve after your injury.
Your state likely has limits on what can be asked for in this kind of personal injury case. You will usually have the biggest cap on emotional damages and pain and suffering, but you could also experience limits based on the fact that the case is for a dog bite specifically. Your lawyer will be able to advise you about the award that you can seek, both with consideration to pain and suffering and to actual treatment costs.
Sue the Owner for Punitive Damages for the Dog Bite
On top of the pain and suffering costs and the medical bills that you have had to pay, you might also want to demand that the dog owner pay punitive damages. These are damages that are meant to punish the dog owner. These damages are rarely granted in dog bite cases, but there are instances where they might be justified. These damages are not paid out as compensation to you as the victim and are instead meant to make the dog owner feel compelled to make changes to the handling of their dog.
Working with a Skilled Lawyer on Dog Bite Lawsuits
If you have been injured in a dog-biting incident, you will need to reach out to us at the Jabro Law Group today. We can help you seek the compensation that you deserve after your dog bite injury to help get your life back on track.