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What is the settlement amount of an average dog bite claim payout

In the state of California, dog bites are clearly defined in California Civil Code Section 3342. Injuries that hold a dog owner liable include damage caused to a person or property by a dog bite and the injured person is in

Dog Bite Victims and The Settlements Won

Dog bites send nearly 316,200 victims to hospital emergency departments per year (898 per day). (Holmquist, L. (Thomson Reuters), and Elixhauser, A. (AHRQ). Emergency Department Visits and Inpatient Stays Involving Dog Bites, 2008. November 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.

Nationwide claims are submitted to insurance companies for dog bites constantly. The average claim exceeds 26k in the USA, but in the state of California, these numbers exceed 30k on average.  Your case may not be average. There are many cases where amounts are awarded that are much higher than average to cover all the damages, pain & suffering and unrealized income that stems from a dog attack.

Below are some real-life examples of settlements won by dog bite victims.

California Dog Bite Victims Settlement Amounts:

  • A $25,000 verdict was awarded to a woman attacked while she was walking her own dog when another dog broke through the fence.
  • A $39,000 settlement was paid to a police officer who was bitten during training.
  • $130,000 was paid in settlement to a family of a 4-year-old girl in California who was attacked by a Rottweiler.
  • A $175,000 verdict was awarded to a man attacked by a Rottweiler and had to give himself stitches because he could not afford them otherwise, yet insurance was refusing to settle with him.
  • A $240,000 jury verdict was awarded to a woman whose request for a settlement was turned down because she had low medical bills.
  • A $300,000 settlement was paid to a young man who was severely injured by a canine while visiting his friend’s home.
  • A $500,000.000 settlement was reportedly paid to a man who was left with permanent scarring, muscle damages and was temporarily in a coma after a dog attack.
  • A $563,000.00 settlement was paid to a man who was suddenly attacked by a vicious dog at his office hallway.
  • A $1 million settlement was paid to a family of the man who died from an infection he developed after being bitten by a dog at work.
  • A $2.1 million was awarded to a New Jersey woman who was attacked by a pit bull.  Although the dog owner did not have insurance, the building owner was liable for failing to protect the plaintiff from the dangerous condition despite knowing that dangerous dogs were on the premises.
  • A $7 million verdict was awarded against owners of the dogs who killed a 10-year-old boy.

What is the average size of a dog bite claim?Dog Bite Victims

The number of dog bite claims made to insurance companies has gone down over the years, but while the number of claims drops, the amount of money awarded to victims in dog bite cases is skyrocketing! From 2003 to 2010 the amounts awarded to dog bite victims rose 37%. In 2010, the average dog bite claim was $26,166, according to the Insurance Information Institute. They go on to explain that the average claim value has increased due to rising medical costs, larger settlements, jury awards, and judgments.

The legal system is starting to recognize the seriousness of dog attacks and their effects on the victim’s life. You may have heard of something called a “one bite” or “one chomp” law, where if you have been bitten one time and only one time the owner is not liable. In the state of California, this is not the case. Dog owners carry what is called a strict liability. That means they are entirely responsible for any damages caused by their dog including damage to property, medical costs, and any unrealized income due to missed work time.

In the state of California, State Farm settled 369 claims worth 11.3 million dollars in 2010. Making their average claim value roughly $30,500 for Californians. That is almost four grand above the national average. Depending on the severity of the attack you may be entitled to much more compensation. In dog bite cases where victims are left with permanent scarring or any physical or mental impairments, a much larger amount is appropriate to cover these life-altering traumas. Even if you are not left with physical disabilities after such an attack, the circumstances that lead to the incident can carry a huge weight as well. If you were somewhere that you had no reason to suspect a vicious dog will attack you, like at your place of work, or in a public place that does not allow dogs, you may be entitled to further compensation.

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It is tough navigating the claims process with insurance companies. At the end of the day, it is their job to keep as much money as they can, not to pay you the most. To see the full potential of your dog bite claim you need skilled personal injury attorneys working around the clock for you.