Who pays for dog bite injuries?

dog bite attorney snarling dogWhen you or a family member is bitten by a dog, you may be hesitant to file a claim—particularly if the dog owner happens to be a relative, friend, or neighbor. While that person likely feels terrible about what happened, sympathy doesn’t pay medical bills, and you should still pursue damages for the injuries you suffered.

It might be helpful to remember that most dog bite injury claims are paid out by the dog owner’s rental or homeowner’s insurance.

If they don’t have insurance, you still have a right to pursue a claim. If you feel bad about bringing such a claim, remember that if the person responsible for your injuries doesn’t pay for your medical bills and lost income, it will be up to you to do it.

In either case, having an experienced attorney on your side can ensure you recover all the damages to which you are entitled.

Damages You Might Be Able to Recover

Dog bites and dog attacks can result in serious, sometimes life-changing injuries. Some of the potential damages might include the following:

  • Costs for current medical treatment
  • Costs for future medical treatment, including rehabilitation and physical therapy
  • Lost wages if you were unable to work while recovering from your injuries
  • Damages for disfigurement or scarring
  • Pain, suffering, and emotional stress
  • Other out-of-pocket expenses related to the aftermath of the bite or attack

How a Dog Bite and Dog Attack Attorney Can Help

Insurance companies are excellent at ensuring they pay you as little as possible for your injuries, and you shouldn’t try to negotiate with them on your own. Having an experienced attorney in your corner after a dog bite will help ensure that you recover the compensation you need to heal from your injuries and get on with your life. Working with an attorney can also provide a buffer between you and the dog's owner, particularly if that person is someone you know.

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