Can you Recover Damages for Dog Bites?

by David Peel on January 7, 2014

What is the "One Bite Rule" for Dogs and Does it Affect Liability?When someone is bitten by a dog, it is possible that the person is entitled to recover damages. There are several types of damages that the victim of a dog bite may be entitled to. If you were bitten by a dog, it is important to understand the types of damages that you could potentially recover.

Someone bitten by a dog may be able to recover medical bills. This could include the cost of any specialists, hospital stays, or medications. It is important to know that there are other expenses that could fall under medical bills that the dog owner could be liable for.

Sometimes, someone bitten by a dog can recover for lost wages. This could be the case if a person who is bitten is unable to work because of his injury. Also, if the person is unable to return to work in the future, the dog owner could also be liable for the future lost wages.

A dog owner may also be liable for pain and suffering. While there is no set amount for pain and suffering, several factors can be considered. The jury can consider whether the victim is an adult or child, how it will affect the victim’s life, etc.

And, sometimes the dog owner is liable for punitive damages. Punitive damages are damages above and beyond those that the plaintiff has suffered. Juries agree on how much the plaintiff should be awarded in punitive damages. However, it is important to know that if the jury awards an amount that is too much, a judge can reduce the amount of punitive damages awarded.

If you or someone you know is interested in more information of damages for dog bites, please contact Mr. Peel through Mr. Peel focuses on personal injuries. He is very involved in the Christian community and is often asked to address groups. He practices throughout West Tennessee and has an office located in Millington, Tennessee.

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