How much is your case worth? Each dog bite case in Atlanta is different. The value of a dog bite settlement in Atlanta and across Georgia depends on the severity of the injury and what scars and permanent injuries are left behind. Small dog-bite cases involving relatively minor injuries and scars may have a settlement value of up to $50,000.00. According to some insurance industry studies, the average dog bite settlement is in the range of $25,000.00– $40,000.00.
More serious injuries tend to have greater settlement and verdict averages. For example, when injuries were serious and left behind permanent disfigurement and disability, our law firm has settled many cases for policy limits of $100,000.00 to $300,000.00. We have received verdicts even higher when the injuries justified the award.
In Georgia, larger cases tend to involve injuries to children, facial bites with scars (women’s cases are usually more valuable than men’s), and cases with loss of fingers, ears, and noses, or involving nerve damage. The size of compensation for some cases is limited by the limits of the homeowner’s, business or renter’s insurance policy.
Receive Compensation after a Dog Bite or Attack
It is crucial to have a solid legal case if a dog bites you. Injuries from dog bites can include amputations, permanent scarring, head injuries, disfigurement, broken bones, cuts and scrapes, and fractures. Likewise, injuries can be painful, permanent, and expensive to treat. In addition, in the most serious cases, dog bite injuries can lead to death.
Out-of-pocket economic losses can be staggering, as treatments may include plastic surgeries and ongoing care. As a victim of a Dog Bite or Attack, you should not have to shoulder this burden on your own.
A dog owner’s homeowner’s, business owner’s, or renter’s insurance can pay monetary damages.
Recoverable Damages After a Dog Bite or Attack May Include:
- All medical bills and costs
- Lost income or wages
- Any reduction in earning potential caused by ongoing injuries
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and counseling
- Scarring and disfigurement damages
- Punitive damages
- In fatal attacks, damages for wrongful death
Whether it is emergency room treatment, X-rays, surgery, medication, or ongoing therapy, all past and future medical costs related to the injury are included items of damages. Medical records, hospital bills, and medical experts help us assess the damages.
If you miss work and lose income while recovering from your injuries, you may claim these losses. Time sheets and other work records can establish your lost income. If the dog bite causes you to suffer a permanent disability, we can work with economists and vocational experts to determine the harm to your future earning potential.
Pain and Suffering
Although it is difficult to put a dollar value on physical suffering, we can assess the proper amount by relying on photos, witness statements, and other evidence.
Emotional Distress and Counseling
Mental health experts can determine the emotional harm that may have occurred in your dog bite case and establish the treatment required.
Scarring and Disfigurement
If you need or undergo plastic surgery to repair the scars and other permanent marks caused by a dog bite, the future costs as well as current amounts for this care can be documented and recovered.
If a dog owner willfully allowed a dog bite to happen or recklessly disregarded the safety of others, an argument for additional damages can be made. Georgia punitive damages awards are meant as a deterrent or punishment to the dog owner to encourage him or her to not allow an attack to happen again.
Loss of Consortium
If you are the spouse of one who was severely injured in a dog attack, you may be deprived of their comfort, companionship, and support. Georgia law recognizes losses of consortium as an important part of your harms and losses.
Wrongful Death Damages
If the dog bite proved fatal, surviving family members can seek medical expenses, funeral costs, and damages for the loss of life and other tangible and intangible benefits.
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