Victims of severe injuries due to dog bites are entitled to compensation not only for their physical injuries but also for the mental trauma experienced. Generally the dog owner is liable for any injury the dog causes including instances of severe emotional trauma. A Dog bite can be an emotionally stressful experience which often results in long term mental health concerns, ranging from depression, to anxiety disorders, and Post Traumatic disorder.
In many instances dog bite victims suffer form permanent scarring and disfigurement resulting in severe instances of emotional hardship. What’s more victims of dog bite must endure years of physical pain from multiple revision and reconstructive surgeries and medical procedures.
Recovery for the Physical Pain Due to Injuries Suffered
Under the common law system of jurisprudence victims of personal injury including incidence of dog bite are entitled to receive money damages from all at fault parties for the physical pain suffered. The calculation of pain and suffering compensation is based on a Per Diem System where the jury calculates and then place a daily monetary value on a victims physical pain and emotional hardship and then multiplied that amount by the number of days the individual has suffered.
For example a dog bite victims suffered form serious facial lacerations resulting in approximately 1 year of pain and suffering. The jury calculate the daily (Per Diem) recovery she should receive at $800. Thus the calculation for pain and suffering in this case will be $800 multiplied by 365 days or $292,000.
In most personal injury cases the mist substantial part of recovery will predicated on the calculation of a victims pain and suffering, otherwise referred to as non economic damages.
Child Victims of Dog Bites – Post Traumatic Stress and Psychological Damage
Dog bites can be a traumatic experience for many. However, young children are particularly susceptible to experiencing manifestation of severe long lasting emotional trauma following acts of violence against them. Post traumatic stress contains numerous symptoms including, depresses mood, mood swings, avoidance of particular activities, over excitement, nightmares, and flashbacks.
Mental trauma including PTSD is a recoverable component of your claim. Under common law victims are permitted to file damages not only for physical bodily harm but also for the mental stress caused by a dog attack.
Children’s right to file a personal injury claim is extended under California’s exceptions to it Statute of Limitations. Under California law child victims of dog bites have two years from the date of their 18th birthday to file a claim for recovery in the court of law.
Filing a Dog Attack Lawsuit – Value of My Case
Victims of Dog Bites are entitled to monetary compensation for all their losses including
- All medical bills including cost of hospitalization
- All future medical expenses and rehabilitation care including reconstructive surgeries
- Pain and suffering including emotional distress
- Loss of wags and future loss of income
- Punitive damages – where the at fault parties displays a wanton reckless disregard to the health and life of others
Attorney Consultation: If you have suffered from a severe dog attack and are experiencing signs and symptoms of emotional trauma including PTSD feel free to contact our law offices to learn more about your legal rights. Toll free (855)385-2529.