Dog Bite Settlement Timeline

Wondering how long your personal injury case will take to settle? Watch this video about the dog bite settlement timeline in Texas to find out.

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Question:

How long will my dog bite case take?

Answer:

Dog Bite Settlement TimelineA client who had been bitten by a dog wanted to know how long the entire dog bite case process would take. Unfortunately, early on, there is no clear answer. The first thing we have to know is the extent of medical treatment that someone needs. An example of that with a dog bite is if the scar is going to heal. Will you need further medical treatment? Are you going to be permanently disfigured?
Once we know the answer to that question, we can submit a demand to the insurance company asking for fair and just compensation, outlining what happened and the extent of all your injuries. The insurance company has a few weeks to respond. If they respond with a number that’s fair or close to fair, we’ll negotiate with them. If they don’t, then we’ll file a lawsuit.

When we file the lawsuit, the first thing we have to do is serve the defendant. Normally, there are no issues serving the defendant, but occasionally defendants will try to run away from being served and avoid it. After a defendant is served, they have 30 days to respond to the lawsuit. When they respond to the lawsuit, they’re almost always represented by an attorney, and the first thing we do is we call them and ask them for a trial date, and then there’s an end in sight.

Throughout your whole case, we’ll be trying to negotiate a fair settlement and if we are unable to negotiate a fair settlement, at the very least you’ll have your day to tell your story in trial. If this is the case, we will make sure that you are fully prepared and ready for trial.


Were you or a loved one seriously injured by a dog and have questions about how long a dog bite case will take?
Contact our experienced Austin dog bite lawyer at The Law Office of Daniel R. Smith today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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