Will You Get the Best Dog Bite Settlement for Your Case?
Our Michigan dog bite lawyers handle dog bite injury cases throughout the State of Michigan. Dog bite settlements and verdicts often vary on a number of factors, including the city of the dog attack and the county where the case is filed. For example, a Detroit dog bite settlement might be different than a Grand Rapids dog bite settlement, and a Warren dog bite verdict may be different than a Kalamazoo dog bite verdict. This is simply because juries in different parts of Michigan often value cases differently.
In 2005, insurance companies paid $317.2 million in settlements and jury verdicts to people who were injured by dog bites and attacks. Claims made by dog bite and attack victims are almost always paid by the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance company.
Typical damages that dog bite victims can receive compensation for include:
1. Pain and suffering: This is the right to compensation for physical pain and mental anguish you have suffered and could possibly endure in the future. This is accounts for many of the damages that are recovered and are put on top of the following damages that are discussed.
2. Loss Of Earnings: You are entitled to recover the loss of earnings while you suffered from your injuries. This includes nay wages, commissions, bonuses, and all other earnings and fringe benefits. If you are not able to work presently because you are recovering from your injuries, the lost wages will be made up.
3. Future Loss of Earnings: If injuries have prevented you from your ability to earn, you can recover the value of the reduction in earning capacity with reasonable probability which will occur in the future.
4. Disfigurement: If the injury causes scarring or other unsightly marks, the victim is entitled to recovery for the humiliation or embarrassment associated with the disfigurement. Because these injuries are often in very visible places, the victim is often very self-conscious of their appearance.
Children are frequently bitten in the facial region and require plastic surgery later on in life. Depending on the age of the child at the time of the attack, many surgeons will not perform revisions until the child reaches the teenage years. This means that many time, the child will go through the embarrassment and humiliation of the scar through adolescence, a period in which they are very self-conscious of their appearance. This often impacts them both socially and emotionally.
5. Medical Expenses: Any sort of expenses that a victim has had to pay for at a hospital, clinic, or to a pharmacy. These include the cost of basic medical treatment, going to the emergency room, and any sort of surgical treatment or care needed to repair the damaged area of the body.
It is important to hire a Michigan dog bite lawyer who understands the possible damages available to dog bite victims and who handles the file to obtain the best settlement for the dog bite victim. For more information on your legal rights after a Michigan dog bite, request our FREE BOOK, "The Ultimate Michigan Dog & Animal Attack Handbook."
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