While dogs are considered as “man’s best friend,” they can also become one of its worst enemies. There are many reasons why a dog will bite. Its either they were provoked, protecting their turf and master, caring for their pups, and others. But whatever the reason may be, the owner may have some level of liability if the person bitten by the dog sustains an injury.
A Charleston personal injury lawyer will tell you that you can make the dog owner responsible for the injuries you have incurred as a result of the dog bite. If the owner was deemed liable for the injury caused by the dog bite, the victim may be able to collect damages from the owner which may include the following:
Dog bites may cause the victim to be hospitalized and in the process incur medical-related expenses. Costs that the victim may incur may include medicines, doctor’s bills, and hospital services. If the injury causes complications from a pre-existing medical condition, the owner is legally responsible for all injuries including those that got worse as a result of a condition that the victim already had.
The dog bite may cause the victim to lose some time from their work in order to recuperate from injury. For this reason, the defendant may also have to pay for the lost income of the victim. If the injury will also affect the victim’s ability to work in the future, the victim may also get compensated for that.
Pain and Suffering
Putting a dollar value on the pain and suffering caused by dog bites can be difficult. The amount of damages the victim can receive will vary tremendously. Some states have put some cap on the amount that can be awarded to victims for pain and suffering.
If the dog has bitten someone else before, the latest victim may also be entitled to receive double or triple damages. This is also applicable to dogs that have already been labeled as dangerous by local or state laws due to previous behavior.
For their negligence and recklessness, dog owners may be required to pay punitive damages to the victim of dog bite. The cost may be based on the wealth of the dog owner.Read More