What Am I Owed for Facial Scars After a Dog Bite? | Colorado Springs Injury Lawyers
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Dog attacks can be extremely traumatic events, both physically and psychologically. Many attacks result in serious disfigurement, discoloration, scarring, severe anxiety, or post-traumatic stress.
Dog bite victims are often left with emotional and financial burdens for months or years to come, especially if the attack resulted in facial damage. Fortunately, you do not have to go through it alone. The dog bite lawyers at Zinda Law Group can help answer all your questions and guide you through every step of the legal process.
To learn more about how our firm can help you, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a 100% free case evaluation with a Colorado Springs dog bite attorney.
Compensation for Dog Bites
After a dog bite occurs, victims may be able to recover for both economic and non-economic losses by filing a dog bite injury claim. The medical bills and lost wages due to injuries are often referred to as economic losses.
Economic damages may take into account future losses to the victim’s earning capacity. You will likely be able to recover for any past or future surgeries that you have undergone or will have to undergo in order to properly heal and fix your scarring.
In certain professions, suffering facial scars may have a direct impact on an injury victim’s ability to maintain their job. For example, if a professional fashion model suffers visible scarring or disfigurement from a dog bite and is no longer able to model, they may be able to increase the value of their settlement.
Non-economic losses are more difficult to calculate than economic damages, as they are subjective to the victim’s individual experience. For example, pain and suffering and emotional distress are both non-economic losses that may be closely tied with an injury victim’s inability to sleep and take part in their favorite hobbies.
Facial disfigurement may result in a substantial loss of relationship quality and may lead to significant self-esteem issues. Victims may suffer from emotional anguish and humiliation, which may be factored into a larger settlement.
Factors that Determine the Value of Your Case
Whether or not the scars are permanent will affect the value of your case. A jury may be less likely to give a substantial award to an individual whose injuries can be fixed by corrective surgery, compared to a victim who is permanently disfigured.
Your age may also affect the value of your case. Jurors may be sympathetic to young children who will have to spend their youth with a facial disfigurement and irrational fear of pets.
What to Do After a Dog Bite
If you or a loved one was a victim of a dog bite that led to severe facial scarring, it is highly advisable to file a police report immediately after the attack. Official records from law enforcement that include details of the scene of the incident may help your dog bite injury claim.
Additionally, you may help your chances of receiving compensation by conducting a thorough investigation of the dog owner’s pet history. If they had any recorded incidents in the past of misconduct or aggressive behavior of a dog they owned, that may be beneficial in helping you seek recovery for your damages.
In cases of owner misconduct, social media can be a useful tool in investigations as well. If the opposing party has public profiles on Facebook or other social media, and have any posts that indicate reckless or aggressive behavior with their pets, that may sway a jury or insurance adjuster to compensate you in your favor.
Get Help from Colorado Springs Dog Attack Lawyers Today
If you or a loved one was scarred by a dog bite injury, there is a chance that you may be successful in recovering significant damages in a personal injury case.
The Colorado Springs dog bite attorneys at Zinda Law Group have helped thousands of injury victims get their lives back on track after an injury, and we have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you build the strongest case possible and pursue the maximum compensation you deserve.
Our personal injury attorneys also work on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay nothing unless we win your case. That’s our No Fee Guarantee.
To learn more about how we can help you, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 to receive your free consultation with one of our skilled dog bite lawyers in Colorado Springs.
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