How to Value an Injury Claim for a Dog Bite Facial Scar | Fort Collins Injury Lawyers
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Many households have dogs as pets, and those pet owners have a duty to control their animals. Unfortunately, there are still many instances when dogs bite both children and adults. If a dog bites you, it can be a very traumatic situation requiring extensive medical treatment.
The value of an injury claim for a dog bite will depend on a variety of factors. Dog bites that occur on the face may demand a higher settlement than injuries to other parts of the body. This is due to the location and potential for disfigurement and scarring.
If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a 100% free case evaluation with our Fort Collins dog bite attorneys.
Factors to Consider in Valuing Your Injury Claim
In order to determine the accurate value of an injury claim for a dog bite facial scar, there are a number of factors that should be considered:
- Medical expenses and treatment required
- Emotional effects on the victim
- Location of scar
- Permanency of the scar
- Loss of future earnings
Medical Expenses and Treatment
Just like other personal injury claims, the value of a dog bite claim will depend in part on the extent of medical treatment necessary. Facial dog bites could require reconstructive surgery or even plastic surgery, depending on the extent of the injury. Further, there may be additional medical expenses that arise which can have an effect on the value of your claim.
A dog bite injury to the face may have caused you emotional distress as well. Pain and suffering damages may be available to compensate you for the traumatic experience, as well as lasting emotional effects the injury may have caused.
Location and Prominence of the Scar
Dog bites to the face may involve laceration and puncturing of the facial tissue that can leave permanent scars. The location and prominence of the scar will affect the value of your claim. If the scar covers a large portion of your face, this claim may be worth more than a scar in a less prominent area.
Additionally, if the scar requires multiple surgeries or will cause permanent disfigurement, this may increase the value of your claim. Conversely, if the scar can be eliminated with plastic surgery, that may lower the value of your injury claim.
Loss of Future Earnings
If your employment is affected by your injury, this could increase the value of your injury claim. For instance, if a child had a model or acting career and suffered a facial dog bite, they may be able to recover additional damages. Someone who is a news anchor may have a higher claim value as well.
Make sure to take pictures of the dog bite injury at all stages of recovery. These pictures will be important in order to demonstrate the extent of your injuries as well as any subsequent disfigurement or scarring. Depending on the situation, pictures may increase your settlement offer.
Get Help from Our Fort Collins Dog Bite Lawyers
At Zinda Law Group, our Fort Collins dog bite attorneys have helped thousands of people deal with dog bite injuries. We have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you seek maximum compensation for your injuries.
Our firm also believes that a dog bite victim should never have to worry about their ability to afford excellent legal representation. That is why we offer 100% free consultations, and why you will pay nothing unless we achieve a favorable settlement, judgment, or verdict for your personal injury case. That’s our No Fee Guarantee.
If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 to receive your free consultation with our Fort Collins injury attorneys.
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