Dogs being the friendliest animal could even turn violent at times. The victims of such unfortunate events could be the innocent public. If you have been attacked and injured by a dog, whether it is owned by someone or an uncontained dog, you could claim compensation.
Things to Do if You are Bitten by a Dog
A dog attack could be emotionally and physically stressful for the victim. It is important to receive the right medical treatment for any injuries sustained. Most of the victims need to take off from work and pay medical bills due to this case.
The liability statute provides damages to a dog bite victim if he or she is bitten in a public place or, lawfully on a property. However, a person should not be trespassing.
Economic and Non-economic damages
Economicdamages are measurable with a value attached. Medical bills incurred at the hospital are included in the economic damages. It also includes lost wages from work due to the days taken off during the injury.
Non economic damages include the intangible damages which cannot be physically valued. The pain and suffering caused due to the incident are included in the non economic damages. It also includes scarring and physical impairments occurred due to the violence. Emotional distress caused due to the traumatic event is also included in the list of non economic damages.
Usually, the defendant’s renter insurance policy will pay for the dog bite victim’s injuries. Also, dog bites are the most rampant liability claim on homeowners and renter’s insurance policies. Yet, it is substantial to note that some insurance agencies exclude liability coverage for dogs of certain breeds.
Dog breeds mostly relieved from insurance coverage are:
- Pit bulls
- Staffordshire terriers
- German Shepherds
- Alaskan Malamutes,
- Siberian Huskies
- Wolf hybrids etc.
If the owner does not have an insurance policy, the plaintiff can sue the owner directly for his or her injuries.
Punitive damages are based not on the dog bite victim’s damages. The purpose of punitive damages is to punish the dog owner for reckless behavior. Dog bite claim settlements have risen drastically over the years, increasing by more than 67% between 2003 and 2014, which means that you should expect to see a reasonable settlement.
Another tricky situation to make your settlement considerably smaller is that, if you somehow provoked the dog to attack you. Or if the dog owner does not have house insurance and doesn’t have to money to make big payouts.