Dog Bite Attorneys Help Explain Value Of Cases


Scars left behind from dog-bite are constant reminders of the traumatic event and often cause a lifetime of withdrawal and embarrassment for the person effected. Depending on the location of the wound, developments in modern medicine have do not have the ability to erase these scars which are common to the face, hands and arms.

During the process of filing a lawsuit or inducing an insurance provider to pay for expenses involved, the main issue is the process of evaluating a dog-bite scar. Dog-bite statistics in the US indicate that out of 4.5 million dog-bite cases, 800,000 cases require medical intervention.

The main issues are related to calculating and arriving at a monetary value of a dog-bite scar based on mental and physical distress factors. Getting a scar professionally evaluated adds value to your case in front of a jury or insurance company investigators.

After a systematic analysis of multiple dog-attack cases, the following are certain important contributing factors that will decide how a scar can be evaluated.

  • Location of the dog-bite scar: A more visible scar has greater chances of attracting a higher compensation. For example, a dog-bite scar on the face, arms or leg areas is more likely to attract better monetary recompense.
  • Scar size: A raw, gaping scar left over from a dog-bite incident is more likely to get a better compensation especially if the scar had originally required stitches to close it up.
  • Appearance of the scar: Some scars can appear discolored even after years. Healing may occurred intermittently and the area is often noticeable as distinct from the rest of the skin.
  • Age of the dog-bite victim: Younger dog-bite victims are likely to attract better compensation and more sympathy from a jury as compared to an older individual.
  • A scar that has disfigured your appearance: Many individuals argue (rightly) that a hideous scar will make it more difficult to attract a marriage partner. This argument usually holds more weight when the victim has been a female.
  • Gender bias: Women and female victims typically attract more sympathy and consequently better compensation than male victims as juries give more importance to disfigurement issues.
  • Medical diagnosis: A report from a licensed plastic surgeon or a skin specialist explaining the permanency of the condition adds value to your case. The report as a qualified opinion of a specialist and is often more effective in winning compensation. The report could also suggest future medical care or treatment that the scar requires.

Other medical diagnosis may involve pain management as dog-bites often damage nerves in an area and this could lead to lingering pain even after years.

To summarize, factual and visual representation is more likely to predispose the jury in favor of a suitable compensation for the victim. Documentary evidence such as doctor’s prognosis, police report, and reconstructive specialist analysis also tend to add monetary value to a dog-bite scar.

Seeking legal redress for dog bite scars involves pursuing a lawsuit against the dog owners who are expected to be responsible for their pets. All states in the US have their own laws that address and respond to the problem of dog-bites.

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