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What type of settlements dog bite victims can be eligible for

Dog bite victims in Georgia should know what is involved in striving for a settlement that covers their injuries and other losses. There are certain requirements that must be met for a claim to be successful. First of all, veterinarians, dog groomers and dog trainers are almost always ineligible for compensation either from their insurance company or from a dog owner. Professional canine handlers legally assume the risk of dog bites and so cannot seek damages.

On the other hand, victims who are bitten by a dog that was under the supervision of an apartment landlord, a trailer park owner or the owner of a people-based business like a day care center or nursing care facility may be eligible for compensation. They will need to show that the owner failed to maintain a reasonably safe property.

There are two major types of settlements: structured and lump-sum settlements. The first is a legal contract saying that the dog owner or insurance company will pay a determined amount in damages through periodic payments. The second comes in one single payment. The courts have the power to approve or reject a settlement.

Victims could be covered not only for physical injuries but also for income lost during the recovery and for future medical expenses. They will want to know how each type of settlement is taxed, though.

This is why having an attorney who works in premises liability law may be beneficial. An attorney may evaluate the claim and take it on if the grounds are good. A whole network of professionals, including investigators and medical experts, might come in to determine the other side's fault and the extent of the plaintiff's injuries. The lawyer may then be able to negotiate on victims' behalf at the negotiation table or, as a last resort, in the courtroom.

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