Dog Bite and Attack Lawsuit Loans
They call dog man’s best friend — most of the time, that’s probably true.
In the United States alone there are around 80 million pet dogs. Put another way, almost half the homes in America have a dog. That’s a pretty startling number.
When you consider that dogs descended from wolves, animals not exactly known for their patience with humans, it’s no surprise that you read stories of a dog attacking people.
In a recent study, it was estimated that more than 1% of the American population is attacked by a dog every year, or 4.5 million people. About 16% of these people need some kind of treatment, and about half of those need to be rushed to the hospital. In fact, in 2015, more than 28,000 victims had to have surgery because of dog bites.
That’s not to say all dogs are dangerous, but they certainly can be. Sometimes the injury is so bad a lawsuit needs to be filed.
How Much is My Dog Bite Case Worth?
Like many other accidents, there is a range of values for any dog bite case. Any possible award depends on a number of factors:
- Severity of injuries
- Type of treatment the plaintiff received (therapy, surgery, etc)
- Location of incident
- Insurance coverage
There are other factors as well, but these are the main ones. Many animal attack cases settle for relatively small amounts because the injuries tend to be superficial. Some cases can settle in the thousands to the tens of thousands. It’s not unheard of for severe dog bite cases to settle in the six figure range.
How Long Will My Dog Bite Case Take to Settle?
Here’s where the insurance company has the upper hand. In almost every lawsuit, the insurance company has more money available than the plaintiff seeking justice. Insurance companies use that knowledge to try to drag out the case. By extending the lawsuit, the hope is that the plaintiff will need money so badly that they’ll accept a low offer just to resolve the case. It is common that dog bite cases can take years to settle. For some victims, especially those who have to have surgery because of their injuries, they lose time from work and that means a loss of income.
How To Qualify for Pre Settlement Funding With Uplift
There are avenues available to a plaintiff to put them on even playing field with insurance companies, even if they don’t have rich relatives who can loan them money. Funding companies provide a cash advance to make sure the plaintiff sees the case through to the end to get their rightful award. To be considered for funding, you need to fulfill the following criteria:
- you have an attorney handling your case
- the person who was attacked is not a minor (<18 years old)
- there has to be documentation proving your injury, the liability, and the insurance coverage (we obtain these from your attorney)
Attorneys realize that their clients can sometimes be in a financial bind and many times are extremely helpful with the process. From the time we get information from your attorney, we often can get you an answer the same day. That means money in your pocket very quickly.
Why Choose Uplift Legal Funding for Your Lawsuit Loan?
Just like different restaurants serve different kinds of food, funding companies don’t all specialize in the same case types. At Uplift, we have underwriters who are familiar with dog bite cases and can evaluate them quickly. We also keep each client in the loop every day so they know where their application stands. Best yet, we offer among the best rates in the business. Call us today to apply and we will try to get money to you immediately.