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WHAT DAMAGES CAN YOU SEEK AFTER A DOG ATTACK?
February 19, 2018
The aftermath of an animal attack can cause many individuals to feel fear, shock and pain. If you have suffered serious injuries due to a dog bite, the owner of the dog may hold liability for your injuries, and you may have the ability to seek compensation for those injuries and other damages suffered. Because you may face various difficulties after involvement in such an event, seeking much-needed compensation may prove useful to you.
In Minnesota, if the attack occurred while you acted peaceably and your presence in the area of the attack was lawfully allowed, the owner of the dog can face strict liability for your injuries. Therefore, you may have reason to file a personal injury claim for special and general damages.
When it comes to special damages, this area refers to the quantifiable economic losses you suffered as a result of the injury-causing event. Therefore, any monetary losses you incurred due to medical bills, rehabilitation and time away from work during your recovery could potentially fall under this area of compensable damages.
In many cases, because you and the court can easily quantify these losses, the amount requested in compensation typically remains straightforward. However, you may wish to gather hardcopies of your medical bills, information from medical records regarding treatment and other pertinent documents that could help enforce your argument as to why you need the compensation.
Under general damages, you may request compensation for losses that are not considered strictly economical or directly quantifiable. These damages tend to relate to pain and suffering, mental anguish, permanent scarring or disfigurement, and loss of abilities. However, because these damages lack an easily quantifiable nature, disputes regarding compensation amount commonly take place.
If a dispute does arise, you may have the ability to negotiate your desired restitution and come to a settlement with the appropriate parties. However, if the negotiations do not go as hoped and do not produce a settlement, additional action may prove necessary. Therefore, you may wish to look into your legal options for pursuing the recompense you desire.
In order to ensure that you understand how to work toward the compensation you desire and deserve for the injuries suffered in a dog attack, you may find it useful to consult with an experienced attorney. A legal professional can provide you with reliable information regarding your legal options, evidence gathering and possible outcomes.