Omaha Dog Bite Damages

The lasting effects of a dog bite can vary, but many dog bite cases include serious injuries. From a psychological perspective, there is trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder, where an injured victim could have lingering or permanent psychological injuries from being attacked by a dog. When someone has suffered injuries from a dog bite, he or she may recover economic and non-economic damages. In very rare cases, the individual can also recover punitive damages. If you have been injured after being attacked by a dog, reach out to a seasoned dog bite attorney who is experienced assisting individuals with recovering Omaha dog bite damages. Call today to see how one of our legal professionals at Inkelaar Law could help you get the compensation you deserve.

Recoverable Damages

As mentioned above, an individual who has suffered a dog bite may file a claim to recover economic, non-economic, and punitive damages. Economic damages include medical expenses, future medical expenses, lost wages, future lost wages, and other out-of-pocket expenses. Non-economic damages include emotional anguish, disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of activities, and pain and suffering. Punitive damages are awarded to punish the negligent party. They are only awarded when the actions of the at-fault party were extremely reckless and/or highly immoral. Our accomplished attorneys could help you calculate your Omaha dog bite damages to ensure that you are able to receive fair compensation.

How Compensation is Affected When the Individual Knows the Dog

Compensation can definitely be affected when the injured victim is familiar with the dog. If the victim owns the dog, then he or she will not be able to collect compensation. However, if the dog belongs to a relative or a neighbor, it will not affect the individual’s ability to obtain compensation. The liability of the injured person depends on the existing relationship. In Nebraska, there is strict liability, so even if a person knows that the dog is dangerous because of his or her existing relationship with the owner, he or she can still be compensated for their injuries.

When someone has suffered dog bite injuries, he or she must make a claim with either the dog owner’s insurance company or the dog owner themselves. We could evaluate the case and inform you of your legal options.

Other Important Information to Know About Dog Bite Cases

There are some precautions a person should take to avoid a dog bite, such as never approaching an unfamiliar dog. You never know how a dog is going to react. Also, if you are in the area of a dog, you should be observant of the dog’s behavior. If the dog is acting aggressive, it is best to stay away from it if possible.

It is imperative that you know that if you have been injured by a dog, you can file a claim to recover Omaha dog bite damages. There are a few exceptions though, such as you cannot provoke a dog or trespass on someone’s property and still expect to receive compensation. If you have any questions regarding dog bite claims and seeking compensation, reach out to one of our compassionate attorneys at Inkelaar Law.