Have you ever been bitten by a dog? Those cute lovable pets can sometimes not be so wonderful. If you have been bitten by a dog it can cause a lot of damage, medical attention, and medical bills. So, what do you do if you have been bitten? Let Kajioka & Associates Attorneys At Law walk you through what can be done so you can decide if you need an attorney to get the settlement you deserve.
What to Do if a Dog Bites You
If you have been seriously bitten by a dog. The first thing that you need to do is go get medical attention. If you leave a dog bite unattended it can cause serious injury or infection making the dog bite worse. After you have received medical attention then call a personal injury attorney. They can help you get what you deserve from being bit by a dog.
How Much Money Can You Get from a Dog Biting You?
What does it mean to have a settlement of a dog bite? A settlement is usually between the owner of the dog and the victim of the dog bite. In most cases, it involves money payment to the person who has been bit. This happens in exchange for not pursuing any legal action that the victim might take against the dog owner. Other settlements can include the dog owner taking responsibility for the attack or the dog having to be put down because it attacked someone. The average settlement all depends on the intensity of the injury. If you have suffered major injuries and your medical bills are very high, then you have a better chance of getting more money with the settlement. On average, dog bite settlements are worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $30,000 to $50,000. Expect to get a lower offer if the injuries you sustained from the attack are relatively minor.
How Long to Settle a Dog Bite Claim?
There are a few things that can determine the length of time it takes to settle. You have to put into consideration the severity of the injury, the amount of money you are asking for, and the insurance company. If you have suffered serious injuries, it will take longer to settle. If you are asking for a lot of money, that will also take longer. And of course, if an insurance company does not want to pay the full amount it will take longer to reach a settlement. Insurance companies can sometimes be difficult to work with. A major thing you need to do is be patient. It could take months or even years to settle with the insurance company. Be patient so you can get what you deserve. Another thing that you should do is make sure you are well prepared for your case. Have all your medical records and bills gathered together. Write down all the information about what happened the day that you were bitten, and how you have been affected up to the present day. The last very important thing that you should do is make sure you have hired an experienced lawyer that has dealt with dog bites. They know how to deal with insurance companies and will get you what you deserve.
What Happens if You Don’t Want to Settle for a Dog Bite?
There are things you can do if you do not want to settle. The sooner you take action the better chance of you getting what you deserve. If you do not want to settle but want to take legal action against the owner of the dog. Then you need to file a personal injury lawsuit. This can be time-consuming and expensive. So make sure you talk this over with an experienced attorney before you decide not to take a settlement.
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If you have been bitten by a dog and need legal help then give Kajioka & Associates Attorneys At Law a call today and get the help you deserve.