What Damages Could I Recover in a Dog Attack Settlement?
While some states have “one-bite” laws that alleviate liability for owners of dogs who have not attacked before, Florida and Minnesota are strict liability states, which means that owners are liable for any attack that occurs in public or in a private space where the injured party has been lawfully admitted. Georgia has a modified one-bite law pertaining to “vicious or dangerous” animals, including ones that are off-leash in areas where leash laws exist. When an attack occurs, you may seek compensation for:
- Medical expenses, including rehabilitation
- Scarring and/or disfigurement
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning potential
- Other injury-related expenses
In some cases, you may also be eligible to seek compensation for pain and suffering, as well as punitive damages.