After being attacked and bitten by a dog, you may be facing medical bills, an extensive recovery time, and uncertainty over how to proceed. However, a Michigan dog bite lawyer could help to bring a claim for compensation forward on your behalf.
Often, a seasoned attorney at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. could work to have a claim settled before it reaches trial. Before pursuing compensation, however, it is important to understand how settlement amounts are determined.
How a Settlement is Determined
There is no direct formula or guide to determine the amount of a dog bite settlement. The amount awarded is instead determined by a number of factors, which include:
- The circumstances of the dog bite or attack
- The type of injuries suffered by the victim
- The location of the injuries on the bitten person—such as the legs, arms, or face
- The amount of medical treatment needed by the victim, as well as the future medical treatment needed
- Whether there are permanent injuries, scars, or disfigurements
- The amount of medical expenses, bills, and lost wages incurred by the victim
- The amount of insurance coverage owned by the dog owner
No matter the circumstances, a knowledgeable Michigan lawyer could evaluate each factor of a case and discuss what is likely to be awarded. Trying to negotiate with an insurance company alone is often difficult, especially due to their numerous tactics to try to get a victim to settle for far less than their claim may be worth. By working with an experienced attorney, a claimant could rest assured that they have a tenacious legal professional on their side who is working tirelessly to get them the highest settlement available.
Examples of Michigan Dog Bite Settlements
At Buckfire & Buckfire, our lawyers work to win the highest settlements under the circumstances and, if need be, the highest jury verdicts. Below are examples of lawsuits won by our law firm for dog bite lawsuits.
- $485,000 Settlement for a two-year-old girl viciously mauled by a pit bull in St. Clair County
- $475,000 Settlement for a Michigan woman attacked by a neighbor’s dog that escaped from the yard
- $295,000 Settlement for a boy who suffered a fractured skull and facial scars from a vicious dog attack
- $200,000 Settlement for an Ann Arbor infant who suffered multiple dog bites to his arms and face
- $225,000 Settlement for a young Warren girl bitten in the face by a neighbor’s dog
- $175,000 Settlement for an Oakland County woman attacked by two dogs at the same time
- $175,000 Settlement for a 9-year-old girl attacked by a dog in a Ypsilanti apartment complex
- $150,000 Settlement for young Saginaw area girl who underwent plastic surgery for a dog bite on her arm
- $101,000 Settlement for a 3-year-old boy bitten by a dog at a Van Buren County park
- $100,000 Settlement for Royal Oak woman bitten on her face by a dog in a neighborhood park
Call a Lawyer to Work Toward a Michigan Dog Bite Settlement
After suffering a dog bite, you could benefit from reaching out to a Michigan lawyer to discuss your legal options and how to best proceed. Even when injuries are apparent, trying to pursue a claim without legal representation might be disastrous for the validity of your case.
A tenacious and well-versed attorney at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. could work tirelessly to gather evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and pursue full and fair compensation on your behalf. To begin building a claim, call today.
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