- How much should I expect from my dog bite personal injury claim?In 2014, the average dog bite home insurance claim was $32,018. This is an increase of nearly $5,000 over claims made in 2013. New York State had the highest reported average at a whopping $56,628 per claim.
Since no two cases are the same, nor two injuries, you should not expect to receive this much if you’ve been bitten by a dog. Dog bite settlements depend on the severity of the attack and the length of medical treatment required. For more information contact an attorney at The Advocates Law. We’ll answer all of your questions.
- Who is responsible when a dog attacks another person?
Liability in a dog bite case hinges upon the location of the attack, if the victim was warned, and if the dog was provoked. If the attack occurred on the dog owner’s property where warning signs were posted or if the owner warned the victim ahead of time, then liability could very well be assigned to the dog bite victim. However, if the attack took place in a public park and the owner did not have the dog properly leashed, then liability will almost certain belong to the owner.
Dog bite cases can become rather complex and the relevant law tends to vary from state to state, and even from one county to the next. For further information contact The Advocates. Our attorneys are experts in dog bite law.
- How long does a dog bite case typically take to settle?
The short answer is months, if not years. If your case is clear cut and liability is easy to determine, then your case could settle out of court and be concluded within 4 to 12 months.
If your case does go into litigation, then it may not settle for a number of years. The discovery phase following the filing of lawsuit can be anywhere between 6 to 12 months. The good news is that most personal injury cases never go to trial.
Dog Bites: Who is Liable?
Did you know that there are over 4 million dog bites every year in the United States, and that every 5th bite requires costly medical attention? A dog bite is not an injury to play around with. Dog bites often result in steep medical bills and debilitating injuries. Do not hesitate to seek medical treatment if you’ve been attacked by a dog.
If the dog that injured you is someone’s pet, the dog owner’s home insurance policy is liable for your injuries. Assaulted individuals may be reluctant to file a claim because oftentimes the dog owner is someone they know or are even friends with. We here at The Advocates Law understand such hesitations and will help navigate you through the litigation process in a professional and sensitive manner.
Dog Bite Injuries and Dog Bite Laws
In some dog bite cases, the victim is found to have provoked the dog in question. This means the victim has been determined to be person at fault for the attack. If the facts of the case point to the victim as the reason the dog was provoked or that the dog was responding in self-defense, then the victim is to blame despite the injury.
Another important factor in determining fault is the age of the victim. Unfortunately, it is common for children to be bitten by dogs, and often they accidentally provoked the animal in some fashion. Taking the age of the victim into consideration, the legal standing of a dog bite case of, say, a 2-year-old will almost certainly be handled differently than that of a 16-year-old victim.
One other factor to consider in a dog bite case is where exactly the attack occurred, and if the dog’s owner was present during said attack. Most state laws will hold the dog’s owner accountable for the attack. But all of the abovementioned factors should be considered when analyzing a dog bite case.
Don’t worry. The Advocates Law has experienced lawyers available 24/7 to consult with you about your situation. If you or a family member have been bitten by a dog, do not hesitate to call our office for a free case evaluation. Call us today at 206-452-4200. Don’t wait to get back onto the road to recovery.