Filing a Case Against Canine Bite InjuriesWritten by Paul Hood
Man’s best friend can be man’s worst enemy. Statistics show dog attacks have accounted for more than 300 dog-bite related deaths in United States from period of 1979 through 1996. Most of these victims were children. And someone seeks medical attention every forty seconds because of this bites.
There are 800,000 approximate bites encountered every year in US that needs medical treatment and again most of victims are children. Almost $165 million is spent treating dog bites and 70% of dog bites occur on owner's property.
In most cases like this, dog’s owner is required to pay for damages caused by his pet’s attack. However, there may be times when dog’s “keeper” may be held liable at time of attack. The landlord too may have culpability for an attack of his tenant’s dog in limited circumstances.
The medical expenses that will be incurred due to dog bites is very high particularly with regards to scarring injuries. Scars can be a serious, life-long result of a dog bite. Children, because of their size, are particularly susceptible to bites around head and face. Scarring injuries not only cause physical problems, but can also cause long term emotional trauma, requiring a significant amount of psychological counseling.
Is it necessary to go to court?Written by Maui Reyes
In United States, personal injury claims are given a statute limitation of two (2) years before claim is outlawed. Within this period, one must obtain a lawyer and file a case before going to trial in court.
Most people find this quite a hassle. Hiring a lawyer takes not only a lot of money, but also demands a considerable amount of time and energy to set up meetings and, of course, show up in court. Because of this, many clients resort to “settlements”, or dealing with case before going to trial.
Of course, this doesn’t mean settlement happens “outside of court”. This only means that cases are settled “before going to trial”, meaning case has already been filed. 99% of cases filed in court often reach a settlement before trial.
Settling before going to court can be tricky. Oftentimes people make wrong move and get a lower settlement price, or lose more money because they refused to settle. Settlement usually happens when a date is set—a courtroom and judge are already scheduled, and case is ready to go to court. This is when defendants usually consider to settle, in case they feel they are risking more if trial pushes through.