Dog Bite Lawyers In Boise, Idaho
Dog attacks can happen to anyone, at any time, anywhere. In fact, research suggests that most dogs are familiar with the victims they bite. For this reason, the attorneys at Hansen Injury Law typically pursue claims against the homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy of the dog owner, rather than against the dog owner’s personal assets. This is particularly beneficial for cases in which the dog owner is a close friend of yours or a family member, as you will not have to worry about financially burdening a loved one. As with any injury case, there is no set formula for determining the value of a dog bite claim. However, typical damages for which you can receive compensation include:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Income
- Loss of Future Earnings
- Pain and Suffering
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If you’ve suffered injuries from a dog bite, fighting the insurance company alone can be challenging and often results in an unfair settlement. Hiring the right lawyer can easily make or break your dog bite claim. Hansen Injury Law is dedicated to providing the highest-quality representation available. Give us a call today at (208) 577-5300 or fill out the form to the right and we will work with you to ensure that you receive the compensation that you deserve.
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Future Scar Revision Surgery After An Idaho Dog Bite
Medical treatment and bills resulting from a dog bite can be pretty small. Many times the injury only requires a trip to the emergency room to clean and suture the wound. But this doesn’t mean that your case should be settled for a minimal amount.Many dog bites result in permanent scarring, often to the face, neck, arms, or other parts of the body that are visible to others. A trained plastic surgeon can typically improve the scarring through surgery, but generally this type of surgery cannot be performed until the scar has fully matured. Our office can help you see a plastic surgeon, so any settlement negotiations will include the costs of future surgeries to improve the look of your scars.
Psychological Injuries Can Be Worse Than The Physical Injuries
A dog bite victim can experience psychological damage from the mental fear and anxiety of the attack itself. There may also be emotional distresses that accompany any lasting physical disfigurements. Many times, this involves Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), both in adults and children.These damages are often downplayed or ignored by the insurance companies in an attempt to settle a case for less than fair value. It is important that anyone who has been bitten by a dog and is suffering emotionally be evaluated by a trained professional. Many times, the emotional scars following an attack can be even more devastating than the physical scars, resulting in not only PTSD, but also increased anxiety, withdrawals, and other symptoms or conditions that can require long-term therapy.
Children and Dog Bite Cases
The majority of dog bite cases involve children, especially dog bites to the face since children are typically the same height as the dog.Children are especially susceptible to PTSD after an attack, and a study published in Psychology, Health, & Medicine notes the impact that facial disfigurement and permanent scarring can have on a child’s development. It is heart-wrenching for parents to watch their child struggle to recover from an attack, and overcoming these developmental challenges is difficult and expensive. For this reason, children’s settlements should include money for future medical care during these formative years.
Hansen Injury Law Firm
Phone: (208) 577-5300