Damages From A Dog Bite


Many personal injuries are caused by someone else's negligence. As a result, if you are injured, you may be entitled to compensation for your injury-related expenses. 

An injury may occur unexpectedly during normal, everyday events. You may slip and fall while grocery shopping, have a collision on the way to work, or be bitten by a dog as you stroll around your neighborhood. 

Negligence occurs when reasonable action is not taken to help prevent the injury-causing incident. If you are bitten by a dog, the negligent party may be the dog's owner, handler, or boarder. Additional responsible parties could include a landlord or even a store. Anyone who is connected with the biting dog may be held accountable for the negligent acts that resulted in your injury.

Here are some of the damages that you may be entitled to after a dog bite.

Medical Expenses

When you are seriously injured by a dog bite, you may be compensated for the cost of your medical procedures, hospital charges, medication, psychological care, and physical or occupational therapy. If you had a preexisting condition that was aggravated by the encounter with the dog, the price of your care may be even higher than expected. Still, the negligent party is responsible for the bills.

Lost Wages

As you recuperate from your injuries, you may have to spend time away from work to receive medical treatment. If your injuries are particularly severe, they may prevent you from working in the future. 

Any time away from work that is caused by the dog attack could cause you to lose income. The lost wages may be reimbursed through your personal injury claim.

Pain and Suffering

The physical and emotional discomfort from the dog attack can cause the accident victim to develop phobias, have difficulty sleeping, and suffer ongoing anxiety. The victim may also become depressed and incur mental health issues. 

Pain and suffering is awarded based on the duration, permanence, and extent of the discomfort. If the pain and suffering from a dog attack do not quickly diminish, the victim may even be awarded damages for the future discomfort that they are expected to incur. 

Loss of Consortium

A dog bite injury may even affect the way that you relate to your spouse. This loss of intimacy may also be compensated.

If you have been injured by a dog, contact the office of a personal injury attorney in your local area to schedule a consultation. 


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