How Much Compensation Can You Get for a Dog Bite Injury in Utah?

Legal Disclaimer: The following values are based on prior cases and should not be interpreted to imply or guarantee that your personal injury claim or lawsuit will have a similar resolution.  The circumstances of every accident and the resulting injuries are very different, and only after reviewing your matter in a detailed legal consultation can an attorney give legal guidance.  Moreover, a jury will determine the final value of your case.

A well-trained dog is man’s best friend, but a vicious or unrestrained dog can inflict serious bite injuries that are physically, emotionally, and financially devastating for the victim.  If you or one of your family members was bitten by another person’s dog in Utah, you could have a personal injury claim.  This article will help you understand some basic points about getting compensated for dog bite injuries in Utah, including:

  • When pet owners are liable for dog bites in Utah.
  • How much compensation you can recover for a bite injury, maiming, or mauling.
  • What sorts of losses you can receive compensation for.
  • Examples of real verdicts and settlements arising from bite injuries.

To learn more about whether you could have a dog bite claim in a free legal consultation, call Utah personal injury lawyer Darwin Overson at (801) 895-3143.  There’s no such thing as a “bad” question — Darwin is here to help you understand your rights as an injury victim in Utah.

What Compensation is Available for Animal Bite Victims?

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Many Utahans are dog owners, in rural areas and big cities alike.  If someone gets bitten by another person’s pet dog, the owner may be held liable if the victim was not trespassing or provoking the animal.  Under Utah Code § 18-1-1(1), “Every person owning or keeping a dog is liable in damages for injury committed by the dog, and it is not necessary in the action brought… to allege or prove that the dog was of a vicious or mischievous disposition or that the owner or keeper of the dog knew that it was vicious or mischievous.”  This is known as “strict liability.”

Personal injury victims in Utah can recover compensation for both financial and non-financial losses, which are respectively called “economic” and “non-economic” damages, including anticipated future losses.  Examples of losses and expenses for which a dog bite survivor, or the surviving family members of a fatal mauling victim, can receive compensation include:

  • Lost Earnings
  • Medical Bills
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Wrongful Death

Dog Bite Injury Verdicts and Settlements from Claims and Lawsuits

The following figures are real examples of jury-awarded verdicts and out-of-court settlements resulting from dog bite injuries.  Your case may have different results.

  • $150,000 for a bite sustained to the face.
  • $175,000 for a Rottweiler attack that required stitches.
  • $250,000 for a child who was injured by a mutt/mixed-breed dog.
  • $415,000 for a nose injury resulting from a dog attack.
  • $7 million for the wrongful death of a child.

While any dog can bite, many serious injuries and fatal attacks involve larger, more powerful breeds such as German Shepherds, Pit Bulls, Chow Chows, Great Danes, Doberman Pinschers, Boxers, Huskies, Malamutes, and Labrador Retrievers.

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The amount of compensation a bite victim can recover varies from case to case, depending on details like:

  • The emotional distress and mental anguish caused by the attack. Some victims, especially young children, can develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of their experience.
  • The extent to which the bite reduces the victim’s future earning capacity. For example, if the victim lost an eye or finger to the attack, he or she may need to get a different, lower-paying job.
  • The severity, nature, and permanence of the injuries resulting from the bite. Some common examples of dog bite injuries include:
    • Cuts and Lacerations
    • Facial Disfigurement
    • Finger Amputations
    • Hand Injuries
    • Hearing Loss/Ear Injuries
    • Lip Injuries
    • Neck and Throat Injuries
    • Nerve Damage
    • Permanent Scarring
    • Soft Tissue Injuries
    • Thumb Amputations
    • Vision Loss/Eye Injuries
  • Whether the bite resulted in permanent scarring or disfigurement, particularly to a highly visible area like the face, throat, or hands.

For detailed, personalized information about your legal matter, you should consult with a Utah dog bite attorney as soon as possible.

Contact a Utah Personal Injury Lawyer for a Free Legal Consultation

If you, your spouse, or your child was attacked by another person’s pet dog, you need experienced legal representation.  Let Salt Lake City injury lawyer Darwin Overson help guide your family through the process of fighting for compensation.  Backed by more than 33 years of experience handling personal injury claims and lawsuits, Darwin is dedicated to helping animal attack and mauling victims fight for maximum compensation.

Darwin serves Utah residents throughout the state, including Salt Lake City, Cottonwood Heights, Layton, Lehi, Logan, Ogden, Orem, Provo, Spanish Fork, West Jordan, West Valley City, and many other locations.  If you cannot travel due to your injuries, Darwin is more than happy to come to your town or city.  He wants to make this process as easy for you as possible.

To learn more about whether you could have a dog bite claim in a free and confidential legal consultation with Darwin, call the law offices of Overson Law right away at (801) 895-3143.

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