No two dog attack claims are the same. Therefore, it can be tricky or even impossible to answer the question of how long it takes to settle a dog bite lawsuit. However, in many cases, dog bite claims can be resolved out of court or before going to trial, which can speed up the process and help victims recover compensation faster.
Factors that play into how long your case could take to settle can include:
- The extent and severity of your injuries
- Whether fault for the dog attack is challenging to prove
- Whether you can settle out of court or have to go all the way to trial
There is no way to foresee exactly how long it takes to settle a dog bite lawsuit. However, a personal injury attorney from our firm can assess your claim and help you fight for compensation.
Out-of-Court Settlements Can Bring Closure Faster Than Lawsuits
Accepting an out-of-court settlement can potentially be a much quicker, less stressful, and more efficient way of getting your due when compared to a court case. Court cases can potentially drag on for years.
However, an out-of-court settlement can also have some pitfalls. Once a dog bite victim accepts an out-of-court settlement, they typically can no longer recover additional compensation from the same party. Because of this, victims need to ensure that their settlement covers all of their damages, including any future expected losses such as future income loss and future medical bills.
A dedicated attorney from our firm can estimate the value of your damages and negotiate with the at-fault party’s insurance company for you. Your lawyer will also know when it is in your best interest to file a lawsuit.
Your Injuries Can Play a Role in Determining How Long it Takes to Settle
While it can be next to impossible to predict how long a dog bite lawsuit will take to settle, the severity of your injuries can play a role. It can be unwise to file a lawsuit asking for damages while you are in the middle of recovery since there may be no way to predict your future expected medical expenses and income losses.
Once you have reached full recovery or maximum improvement, your attorney can consult with your doctor in order to determine your future treatment plan and when you might be expected to return to work. However, on the flip side, it can also be dangerous to wait too long with legal action. According to Louisiana Civil Code (CC) §3492, you generally only have one year to file a personal injury lawsuit.
When it comes to the timing of your lawsuit, a personal injury lawyer from our firm can advise you comprehensively and ensure that you are not missing any crucial deadlines that could potentially bar you from recovering compensation.
What You Can do to Speed Up Your Case
First of all, make sure you see a medical provider as soon as possible and receive a medical report detailing all injuries from the dog attack, including any physical and emotional injuries you have suffered. You may also want to:
- Contact the police right away after the attack
- Contact local animal control
- Contact a personal injury lawyer
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), anyone bitten by a dog can potentially contract rabies, a deadly disease for which there is no cure. Hence, contacting animal control and the police can be important, especially if a dog seems sick or aggressive. You may need to find out whether the dog that attacked you has a current rabies vaccine record. If not, you may need rabies shots.
Contacting an attorney, once you have seen to your health, can be an excellent idea. Your lawyer can start to gather evidence and work on preserving your legal rights immediately.
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers Can Fight for Your Rights
If you have a case against a negligent dog owner, we can work hard to help you recover compensation via an insurance settlement. However, in cases where an out-of-court settlement may not produce the result you need, we can take your case to trial and fight for adequate and comprehensive compensation on your behalf.
Getting your due from a negligent dog owner can be challenging. However, Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can be by your side every step of the way. We can protect your legal rights, gather the necessary evidence to prove your claim, and fight strongly for what you may deserve.
Dog attacks can be physically, emotionally, and financially challenging for victims. However, you are not powerless. If someone else’s negligence caused your suffering and expenses, they should pay for your damages and we can help you hold them to account.
Reach Out to Our Attorneys Today
Call us today for a free consultation at (337) 777-7777. The sooner you call, the sooner we can start working on your case.