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Posted on February 13, 2018 by

The Average Lawsuit for a Dog Bite Nets $30,000 – Are You Properly Represented?

Dog bites can be painful. And not just for victims. The average litigation from an aggressive canine can cost owners upwards of $30,000. In 2016, the nation’s largest insurer, State Farm, reported an increase in dog bite claims of 15% over the previous year, paying out more than $121 million for 3,660 dog bite claims. Over the past decade, it has forked out over $1-billion to victims. What are such settlements covering? St. Louis dog bite attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman want you to be aware of remunerations you may be overlooking.

What Do Dog Bite Settlements Typically Cover?
Owner’s deemed responsible for their canine’s malcontent could be on the hook for:
– Pain & suffering
– Medical expenses
– Property damage
– Lost wages
– Criminal penalties, including involuntary manslaughter in extreme cases

What if the Pooch Has No Predisposition?
Missouri used to be a ‘one-bite law’ state, essentially giving first-time offenders a free pass. All that ended in 2009, however, when liability laws changed. Today, anyone bitten by a dog can seek monetary compensation for injuries regardless of whether a dog was known to be dangerous or aggressive.

Are you being under-compensated for your dog bite injuries? The St. Louis dog bite attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman can help you retrieve the compensation you deserve. Contact us for a complimentary claims assessment today.