No two dog bite cases are ever the same, so it’s hard to say how long it will take for your specific dog bite case to settle. Various factors determine how long it takes for you to settle your claim. It can take anywhere from months and even several years to reach a settlement.
If you want to increase the odds of settling a lot faster, then you will need the assistance of strong legal representation to do so. Our dog bite lawyers can help you fight for your claim at the negotiating table or in court. Call the law office of John Foy & Associates to get a free case review at no risk or obligation to you. You can reach us at (404) 400-4000.
Two Year Statute of Limitations for Dog Bites
You have just two years to file a claim for your dog bite injury according to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) §9-3-33. Depending on how long it takes for you to start filing your claim, settling can take many months or even a year. You should always strive to build a solid case for your claim as soon as possible.
Timeline of Reaching a Dog Bite Settlement
Here is a basic timeline of what you can expect when you pursue financial compensation from the dog owner for your damages.
Gathering Evidence and Seeking Medical Treatment
Before filing a claim, you need to gather as much evidence as possible to show that your dog bite injuries resulted in your damages. In addition, the evidence you collect will also establish negligence and fault against the owner of the dog that bit you. This is a critical step in recovering compensation that takes roughly a week or two.
Afterward, you will need to seek medical treatment. Treatment for dog bite injuries varies depending on severity, but usually, it can take several months to completely heal from moderate dog bites. You will want to complete medical treatment thoroughly to factor in all of your expenses as damages in your settlement.
Consulting with an Attorney and Filing a Claim
Once all of your medical treatment gets finished, and you have all of your evidence gathered, contact an attorney to get started on filing your claim. Before filing, your attorney will go over all of the facts and details about your dog bite case. Then, they will calculate all of your damages, consult with experts, and collect additional evidence if necessary.
Afterward, paperwork will get filed to start the claims process. All of this can take several weeks to complete on average.
Negotiating with the Insurance Company
Negotiating with insurance companies is difficult because they will often dispute your claim and try to get out of paying you the fair amount of compensation that reflects all of your damages. After all, they are businesses at the end of the day and will only seek to protect their bottom line instead of doing the right thing.
When you have strong lawyers representing you, such as the ones from John Foy & Associates, most insurance companies will settle faster than usual because they don’t want to run the risk of a drawn-out court battle. We will usually settle out of court on your behalf within a month, give or take.
If Your Case Heads to Trial
Should your claim remain unresolved and have to go to trial, it can take several months and even years to settle. We will try to avoid trial for this reason, but we won’t hesitate to fight for your claim in court if it’s required.
Courts are notorious for taking a long time to resolve a case. This is because of how busy the court systems are year-round. If your case heads to trial, you should expect a long wait before you settle.
Generally, How Long Will It Take to Settle?
To answer generally how long it takes for negotiations to conclude and a claim to settle, it can take up to three months on average. Remember, this is just a general estimate, and you shouldn’t expect your case to follow this same timeframe. It can take longer and even shorter than three months to receive compensation.
What we can guarantee is that it will take much longer to settle without the assistance of a lawyer. Navigating through Georgia’s personal injury laws alone can take up precious time you don’t have. Consult with one of our lawyers today to get your settlement a lot faster.
If you want the most accurate estimate on how long it will take for your dog bite claim to settle, please schedule an appointment for a free case review with our dog bite attorneys. We will go over the facts of your case and let you know if we can help and how long it should take us to get you the compensation you deserve.
Get Help with Your Dog Bite Injury Claim Today
Millions of people get bitten by dogs each year in the U.S., according to the Insurance Information Institute. Even though millions get bitten, not all of them recover compensation. Retaining a lawyer will improve your chances of getting a fair settlement for your damages.
Call our law office today at (404) 400-4000 to learn more about how we can help.