The harrowing experience of being bitten by a dog is extremely distressing. The physical injuries of a dog bite, resulting in skin tears, punctures, and or laceration are bad enough. However, such injuries can lead to infections with a particular risk of suffering from rabies when bitten by a rabid dog. So, can you make claims when you are bitten by a dog that is not yours?
There is no straightforward answer to this question. Seeking and actually receiving claims is highly dependent on the particulars of each case. The extent of the injuries notwithstanding, some people receive compensation while others do not. And when the injuries are considered, the value of compensation varies greatly (even when the extent of the injuries are the same). We will explore the issue of receiving compensation the determination of the amount of compensation to be received from dog bite injuries.
Making a successful claim depends on obtaining and providing ample evidence that the dog’s owner knew that the dog was dangerous and prone to attacking people. Alternatively, you should provide evidence that the dog owner should have known that the dog was dangerous and a danger to other people. To make a solid case or compensation, you should find out whether the dog had previously attacked someone. If so, this will build your case. There are some states that do not ascribe to the one-free-bite rule and all and any dog bite cases are treated the same. However, if you are bitten while trespassing, you will not be allowed to receive your compensation even when you are bitten in the owner’s property.
Type Of Compensation Emanating From Dog Bite Injuries
There are several claims that you can make as a result of dog bite injuries. They include:
#1. Medical Bills: The most obvious claim to make is compensation for medical bills. Such compensation covers the cost of any medication, doctor consultation services, physical therapy, counselors, and compensation for any other complication.
#2. Income Lost: This compensation is due to any lost income owing to the inability to engage in economic activities to derive an income as a result of the bite while recuperating or even after (especially when there a loss of earning capacity).
#3. Loss Of Service: This is compensation that spouses of close family members receive owning to their life being affected due to the injuries suffered by the bitten individuals. Only some states allow for such claims to be made.
#4. Pain And Suffering: This is compensation received due to eh pain and suffering. The amount received varies from state to state and from case to case.