My mom got scratched by a dog while hiking. She’s 66 yrs old her skin is very thin. It actually looks like a dog bite. Can she get anything for pain and suffering?

She had to get a tetanus shot and a
round of antibiotics. It was an ugly
scratch. She’s 67 and her skin is thin.

Asked on June 6, 2016 under Personal Injury, Arizona


S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

The fact that your mother's insurance paid does not prevent a claim from being filed against the dog owner. The dog owner is liable for the medical bills and pain and suffering, which is an amount in addition to the medical bills based on the medical reports. Dog owner is also liable for any wage loss. The dog owner is liable for negligence. It may not be worth filing a lawsuit. However, if the case is not settled, a lawsuit for negligence against the dog owner must be filed prior to the expiration of the statute of limitations or your mom will lose her rights in the matter forever.

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