In the event that you have proven that the dog owner is at fault for thedog bite, you will be able to get compensation. With this in mind, you may wish to know some things the dog owner would be liable to pay for. To help you out, here are some of the things that the dog owner should reimburse the victim for:
- Medical Bills
If you are bitten by a dog, you would be required to undergo medical tests and you should be given the right medical services. Of course, you will have to pay for this type of services. In the event that you have shelled out your own money to pay for these services, the dog owner would be responsible for reimbursing the money that you have shelled out for. Aside from the medicines, lab test and physical therapies, other medical expenses would include doctor fees.
In the event that the person already has a medical condition which was aggravated by the dog bite, the medical expenses would be a lot bigger.
- Income Lost
Dog bites would require the victim to take a rest for a while. If the victim is the bread winner or he has a job, he may need to take a few days off from work. With this, he will not be able to earn money to finance the needs of his family. It is the responsibility of the dog owner to reimburse the victim of the amount of the income that he will lose by taking a few days off. In the event that the injury will prevent the victim from working in the future, the dog owner is also required to compensate the loss in his earning capacity.
- Pain and Suffering
The pain and consequences of the bite may lower the quality of life that a person has. This may not be tangible and you cannot put a price on it; however, the owner is responsible for paying it off. The price would be set by jurors or the judge. Because of this, the lawyers of the dog owner may sometimes offer a settlement so that it would no longer reach the jury.
There are various ways to determine how much the victim should be reimbursed for the pain and suffering he is going or he went through. Factors to consider include the actual medical damages, age of the victim and the anxiety felt by the victim.
In addition to all these, there are many other factors that the judge or the jury will consider for the compensation of the case. If aside from biting the victim, the dog has also damaged the property or have broken some things, the dog owner may have to cover for these damages too.
Dog bite lawsuits can be quite hard to navigate through by yourself. This is why you would require the assistance of a personal injury lawyer, preferably one who specializes in this type of personal injury case.