The Insurance Information Institute reports
that dog bite injury cases account for 1/3 of all claims made on homeowner’s insurance
liability policies. In addition, settlements and jury verdicts from dog
bite lawsuits resulted in settlements exceeding $356 million in 2007.
However, the cost of a dog bite
to a victim could be far worse than monetary loss- disfigurement,
scarring, fractured bones, or even death could result from a dog bite.
If you have been injured by a dog bite and are thinking about getting a
lawyer, it is helpful to know the average settlement for these cases. What is the Average Settlement for Dog Bite Cases?
While the appropriate settlement for dog bite cases varies depending
on the severity of the attack, the average settlement in 2007 according
to the Insurance Information Institute was around $24,500. This
represents an increase from previous years and indicates that the
appropriate settlements are on the rise, in part because of rising
Damages for dog bite cases include monetary compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering
and emotional distress. If you have been injured by a dog, the severity
of your injuries will affect your settlement as well. For example, in one case
where a Santa Rosa woman lost her nose to the bite of a bulldog while
she was walking her children to school, the woman and her family were
awarded a combined $1 million settlement. Permanent disfigurement,
scarring and broken bones can all add to the amount of damages you are
awarded. It is also important to retain an experienced dog bite lawyer
to make sure your rights are protected to the fullest extent of the law.
What Do You Need To Prove To Recover?
Under California law, victims are afforded extensive protection from dog bites.
California Civil Code section 3342
imposes strict liability on dog bite owners, which means that you do
not need to prove the owner was negligent or that the dog had a history
of biting to recover from your damages. All you have to prove is that
the dog injured you either in a public place or while you were a guest
on the property and you may be able to recover your damages.
You should speak to a personal injury
attorney to get more details about proving your case and about
evaluating any settlement offer from a dog owner or insurance company to
ensure you get the full amount of damages you are entitled to under the
We offer free consultation for victims of dog bites. Call our office to speak directly to
an experienced dog bite lawyer. 1-877-702-7274