Wyoming Dog Bite Lawsuit Settlement Amounts
Wyoming is one of the states that does not have a specific dog bite statute in its code of laws.
As such, dog bite lawsuits are governed by common law. Prior Wyoming cases have established a “one bite” rule for dog bite attacks.
The result of a dog bite attack can be absolutely devastating for the victim and their loved ones.
Especially for children who are the most likely victims of this type of incident. Injuries are often severe or fatal, leaving permanent scars and a lifetime of recovery.
Dog bite attacks are serious, it is important to understand what you can expect in a dog bite lawsuit settlement amount. It’s also very important to know how much you can sue for a dog bite.
If you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog in the Casper area, call or contact the knowledgeable personal injury attorneys at Platte River Injury Law today.
Wyoming Dog Bite Law
As a “one bite” state, Wyoming courts require the victim of dog bite attacks to prove the dog caused injury. The victim must also prove the dog’s owner knew or had reason to know the dog was dangerous in order to collect compensation for the attack.
This does not require that the dog has bitten someone before. Also, showing prior aggressive behavior can be enough to overcome the one bite standard. Wyoming also allows for an argument of negligence, where the victim must prove that the dog’s owner had a duty to use reasonable care when handling or controlling the dog but failed to do so.
Compensation for Dog Bite Attacks
The amount you can expect in a dog bite settlement varies significantly based on the amount of damages incurred as a result of the attack. Compensation for dog bite attacks includes payment for economic and noneconomic damages.
Economic damages includes payment for all out of pocket expenses, such as medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and loss of future income and benefits.
Noneconomic damages include compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, disability, and disfigurement. Because your final settlement needs to include coverage for all costs of the incident, it is important that you do not agree to settle. Wait until after the victim has a full recovery and all expenses can be accounted for.
In the worst cases of dog bite attacks a victim dies as a result of their injuries. In these scenarios, the family of the victim can also seek compensation for wrongful death.
This includes payment for reasonable funeral and burial expenses, final medical expenses related to the attack, and compensation for the loss of love, security, and companionship.
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Dog bite attacks can be devastating, but you do not have to go through this experience alone.
To learn more about compensation for dog bite attacks in the Casper area, call or contact Platte River Injury Law.
We can schedule a consultation of your case with an experienced personal injury attorney today.