The short answer is yes, you may be able to acquire compensation from the dog owner to pay for your medical bills, depending on the circumstances of the attack.
Dog bites are a serious injury. They carry with them the potential for serious infection and disfiguration, both of which can complicate the healing process. They often require multiple surgeries in order to fix the problem.
Plastic surgery may be the best option for you following a dog bite in Missouri or Illinois. Unfortunately, whether it's for reconstructive or cosmetic purposes, plastic surgery is typically expensive.
You may be able to recoup a portion of the medical costs from the owner of the animal who was responsible for your attack. Depending on how exactly the attack took place, you might have the right to pursue a Missouri personal injury lawsuit against the dog's owner.
In order to gain a satisfactory settlement, you will need to prove the cause and extent of your injury, as well as provide copies of all medical records and bills. You may also want to pursue additional compensation for your pain and suffering, a rather subjective measure, that can greatly boost your amount of compensation.
If you have been the victim of a dog attack, you should talk to an experienced Missouri dog bite lawyer who can help you determine whether you have a potential lawsuit. To see how we can help you get your medical bills covered, call Alvin Wolff, Jr., at 877-241-1020 to set up an appointment today.