How to Get the Most Compensation from Your Dog Bite Settlement

Aggressive dog is barking. Young man with angry black dog on the leash.

Aggressive dog is barking. Young man with angry black dog on the leash.

Have you suffered an injury as a result of a dog bite? Are you weighing up whether you should make a claim?

In reality, the question you should be asking is slightly different. Not if, but rather, how much.

Dog bites are a serious matter and need to be reported and claimed. Keep reading to learn about maximizing your dog bite settlement and getting the payment you deserve.

Why Accept a Dog Bite Settlement?

Getting a deserved payout for your injury is important, but one thing you should try and do is get a settlement without having to go to trial.

Why?

Well, dog bite settlement amounts are not guaranteed to be any higher after a trial than before when offered as a settlement. Factor into that the fact that you stand a chance of losing the trial, and will incur increasing legal fees the longer the ordeal gets dragged out. The decision to seek a settlement should be simple.

Another compelling reason to accept a dog bite settlement is for emotional reasons. While there may be a personal level of satisfaction behind winning at trial, being able to move on and put the trauma behind you is undoubtedly the best option.

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The Truth About Dog Bite Lawsuit Settlement Amounts

The amount of compensation you’re going to be rewarded or receive in a settlement will vary depending on the injuries sustained.

If you have lasting scarring or severe injuries, it stands to reason that the settlement figure you should look to accept is going to be higher then if the encounter resulted in a nip and no permanent damage.

If your dog bite requires plastic surgery in order to repair the damage then your surgeon’s costs must be included in the claim.

It’s also important when thinking about dog bite settlement amounts to consider any subsequent surgeries that may be required. While this cost may not yet have been incurred, it should be carried over into your settlement figure.

Age Plays a Role in Dog Bite Compensation

While we like to think age is no great thing, when it comes to your dog bite compensation, age is the one thing you want on your side.

It’s a common factor in deciding the final settlement amount because the lasting damage, trauma, and scarring for a younger person are more impactful on their life than for someone of a more refined age.

Right or wrong, that is the way it’s viewed and is one of the things that you either have on your side or you don’t.

Keep Nothing Behind for the Maximum Dog Bite Settlement

When all is said and done, the best way to get the most out of your dog bite settlement is to bring everything to the table. Try to get as many claimable points noted down. The more you have, the higher your compensation will be.

It is also a great idea to have a good lawyer in your corner, just in case the settlement fails and you decide to go trial.

Have you been bitten, or maybe one of your friends or relatives? Contact us now and we can help you get the reparations you deserve.

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