Dog Bites

What damages can be awarded in a dog bite injury case?

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Depending upon the circumstances, some or all of the following may be awarded and/or recovered in a dog bite injury case.

Possible damages in a dog bite case:

  • Past and future medical care, rehabilitative care, and related expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Psychological damage
  • Past and future income lost because of the accident, as well as employment retraining if necessary
  • Permanent physical disability, disfigurement or scarring
  • Loss of family, social and educational experiences
  • Emotional damages such as stress, embarrassment, depression, or strains on family relationships, loss of consortium and emotional bystander distress
  • Wrongful death
  • Damaged property

You will be awarded “damages,” or compensation, which is money, intended to restore you to the position you were in before your injury. The money is not considered income (excluding monies paid for loss of income) and is not taxable as income by the Federal or State governments.

What authorities should be contacted after a dog bite injury?

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If you or someone you know has been the victim of a dog bite injury or animal attack you should call the police as soon as possible so that an investigation can be conducted and a report filed. You, or the police, should also contact the Dog Warden so that the dog can be quarantined and the appropriate vaccination records can be checked.

Dog Bites

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    What damages can be awarded in a dog bite injury case?

    Depending upon the circumstances, some or all of the following may be awarded and/or recovered in a dog bite injury case.

    Possible damages in a dog bite case:

    • Past and future medical care, rehabilitative care, and related expenses
    • Pain and suffering
    • Psychological damage
    • Past and future income lost because of the accident, as well as employment retraining if necessary
    • Permanent physical disability, disfigurement or scarring
    • Loss of family, social and educational experiences
    • Emotional damages such as stress, embarrassment, depression, or strains on family relationships, loss of consortium and emotional bystander distress
    • Wrongful death
    • Damaged property

    You will be awarded “damages,” or compensation, which is money, intended to restore you to the position you were in before your injury. The money is not considered income (excluding monies paid for loss of income) and is not taxable as income by the Federal or State governments.

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    What authorities should be contacted after a dog bite injury?

    If you or someone you know has been the victim of a dog bite injury or animal attack you should call the police as soon as possible so that an investigation can be conducted and a report filed. You, or the police, should also contact the Dog Warden so that the dog can be quarantined and the appropriate vaccination records can be checked.

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    How far does the property owner’s duty of care extend?

    Property owners have a duty to maintain safe conditions for residents, guests, employees, and visitors. A trespasser on the property may still have a claim to damages upon injury, depending on the circumstances.