How much can you get for someone’s dog biting you? The average settlement for a dog bite case is around $50,000 in many states. In some other states, it can be around $35,000. These amounts are increasing, every year. In 2019, the average dog bite insurance claim was for $44,760.
What happens when someone claims my dog bite them? Dog owners are usually responsible when their pets bite people or hurt them another way (such as by knocking them over or chasing them). That means that the injured person may sue the owner to seek compensation for the damages, including medical expenses.
How do you defend a dog bite case?
- Provocation and Negligence. If the injured person provoked the dog to attack—either purposely or negligently—the owner may not be held liable for the resulting injuries.
- Assumption of the Risk.
- Trespassing and Recovery.
- Police and Military Dogs.
- Other Injuries.
What happens if my dog bites someone in Massachusetts? Massachusetts is a strict liability dog bite state. Section 155 of the Massachusetts General Laws states that if any dog damages someone’s property or causes an injury, the owner or keeper of the pet will be liable for such damage.