In short, it depends. There is no mathematical formula. The value of your dog bite injury claim may not be immediately ascertainable. It depends on a number of factors, including the seriousness, location, and treatment of the injury, the impact of the injury on the victim’s life, and the amount of any available insurance policies, among other things. Once all of the facts have been investigated, liability is established, and the extent of your medical treatment has been ascertained, Dubendorf Law Firm will be able to provide you with their legal opinion regarding the value of your dog bite injury claim.
There are primarily three forms of damages available to any personal injury victim:
· past and future medical expenses;
· past and future lost wages or loss of earning capacity; and
· past and future pain, suffering, disfigurement, and disability.
As time passes, a client tends to become thankful that no one placed a price tag on his or her dog bite injury claim earlier for several reasons, including:
· the client was not fully aware of the extent of their injuries;
· the client did not appropriately quantify the extent of treatment required;
· the client did not anticipate the personal strain from the dog bite injury; and
· the client did not account for the psychological toll from the dog bite injury.
There are numerous other reasons why it is important not to rush into a valuation of the dog bite injury claim. The victim can increase the value of his or her case simply by hiring an effective attorney to present the injuries to the insurance company with supporting medical documentation and, in some cases, expert testimony, rather than a desperate appeal for immediate compensation. The dog bite injury victim must understand that once he or she signs a release, he or she may be forever barred from any future recovery.
Some personal injury attorneys like to estimate the value of an injury at three times the medical bills. This may not be an unreasonable estimate for your dog bite injury, but it is likely your dog bite injury claim could be worth more or less, depending on the facts and circumstances unique to your case.
Importantly, in a dog bite case, it is not possible to pursue any type of Underinsured or Uninsured Coverage (UIM/UM) from your policy in the event that the adverse party does not have insurance that covers your injuries. Instead, your only available option will likely be to pursue the defendant directly.
Dubendorf Law Firm is available to speak with you about your dog bite injury case. Contacting Red law, LLP is an excellent first step toward determining what your dog bite injury claim is worth and how to proceed. The consultation costs you nothing. There is no pressure to retain us. And you will be receiving advice from experts in personal injury law.