Any experience with dog bites?

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  1. dew02

    dew02 New Member

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    My mom was riding her bike and was attacked by some kind of German Shephard mix. Apparently the owner wasn't home and the out-of-towner family members who were there weren't able to restrain the dog when it ran into the public street after my mom. It bit her badly on the right calf then bit her on the left calf when she fell off her bike screaming. Some other neighbor was able to fight the dog off.

    Mom has a bunch of stiches and her doc told her to cancel the vacation she was about to go on since he's worried about infection/complications while away from home. If it isn't improved in a few days he's sending her to a wound clinic. She's going to have a huge scar and IMO currently has a bit of PTSD.

    The dog's owner offered to pay medical bills but is trying not to claim it on her homeowner's insurance. Mom lawyered up but none of us really know what a fair settlement would be. I think more than medical expenses is warranted. I'm also surprised the dog isn't dead yet (sheriff said it's "first time offence" so...).

    Do any of you have experience/advice with this sort of thing?
     
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  2. jhuskey

    jhuskey Moderator

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    Her attorney should be able to advise her on what she can recover. She can certainly get future medical and treatment costs for scaring, loss of income , consortium and although I cringe to mention it pain and suffering. Her loss of enjoyment as in not feeling safe cycling is also compensable. Laws vary depending on where you are. In some areas you can recover 100 percent medical costs even if insurance covers all or most of it. Always be cautious what you post since it is all discoverable.
     
  3. cyclintom

    cyclintom Well-Known Member

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    She was bitten by a dog, Her medical bills are a minimum along with damage to the bike. This is something that people always have to be aware of. If the dog owner doesn't have it fenced in that should be an settlement. A dog that bites people should always be locked away from the public.
     
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