Dog bites can be very serious and can cause lifelong physical and emotional pain. If you are the victim of a dog bite in California, you might wonder what your legal rights are. Keep reading to learn about compensation you might be eligible to receive for your damages. Then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
You Might Be Able to Sue for Medical Bills
If you suffered serious injury, then you might have significant medical bills. The owner of the dog should be held accountable for those bills. Many people are surprised to learn that the average cost of a dog bite is around $40,000. You might be able to recover costs you have already paid, such as rabies shot, ambulance services, wound cleaning, and emergency room treatment, as well as future costs such as plastic surgery.
In particularly severe cases, the cost of medical bills after a dog bite can easily get to $100,000. This includes dog bite wounds that become infected, injuries that involve nerve damage, disfigurement injuries, and bites so serious that a surgeon must amputate part of the body.
You Might Be Able to Sue for Lost Wages and Reduced Earning Capacity
It is likely that when a person is healing from a serious injury, they are going to miss work. They can be compensated for this via a personal injury lawsuit. This is true even if a person uses paid time off or vacation time to get paid. They have still lost the value of those benefits and can be compensated accordingly.
They can also sue for overall reduced earning capacity. For example, if a person is injured by a dog so badly that they cannot work, or cannot do the work they once did, then they can sue for their lost earning capacity.
You Might Be Able to Sue for Pain and Suffering
While physical pain is bad enough, the truth is that many people experience ongoing emotional pain and suffering as well. It is meant to cover any type of pain a person might experience during the dog bite and subsequent treatment, such as pain during the attack, at the emergency room, soreness while they recovered, pain in physical therapy, and weaknesses that might have occurred due to the bite.
If you have been bitten by a dog and are not sure what your legal options are, we urge you to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation. We will listen to your story, consider the options, and give you our best legal advice. Call now and let us get started right away.