How long does it take to settle a dog bite claim through homeowners insurance? 15 Answers as of February 04, 2014

This occurred in 2011. Homeowner clearly at fault. Injured had no stitches. Skin was broken. Tetanus shot gotten. Has a scar on leg. No work time missed. Injured is a FedEx courier.

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Pius Joseph A Professional Law Corp. | Pius Joseph
If the incident occurred in 2011, hopefully (unless you are a minor) you have already filed a lawsuit. If not, your claim is forever barred.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 2/3/2014
Law Ofices of Edwin K. Niles | Edwin K. Niles
There is no limit on the time of settlement. There is a statute of limitations of 2 years to file a suit, and a five year statute to bring it to trial.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 2/3/2014
Law Offices of George H. Shers | George H. Shers
It should be resolved fairly quickly if the facts are as clear as you state. But there is a two year statute of limitations on such personal injury suits so if you have not already filed suit you are too late. You should have been able to collect Workers' Compensation benefits from your employer and the comp. carrier would be entitled to a lien on your recovery for benefits of a similar nature that they provided (such as medical bills, partial wage loss, the scar, etc.).
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 2/3/2014
James E. Hasser, Jr. P.C.
James E. Hasser, Jr. P.C. | Jim Hasser
There are no time limits on settling a claim. However, there are time limits on filing suit. In Alabama, it is 2 years from the bite. If the claim is not settled and suit is not filed within 2 years the claim goes away.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 2/3/2014
Hobbs Law Group
Hobbs Law Group | Kristin E. Hobbs
Depending on what state you are in, you need to be aware of the statute of limitations to file a lawsuit. If your injury was in California, it is two years from the date of the incident, so if you have not already filed a lawsuit, you have missed your chance. If you have filed a lawsuit, you need to get an injury attorney to represent you asap as the lawsuit will get complicated quickly. If you already have an attorney, perhaps it is time to switch considering you are not getting your questions answered.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 2/3/2014
    Peters Law, PLLC
    Peters Law, PLLC | Mark T. Peters, Sr.
    I would have thought it would have been settled for $500, $1000 in 2011. Talk with your attorney about it.
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
    Replied: 2/4/2014
    Adler Law Group, LLC
    Adler Law Group, LLC | Lawrence Adler
    It could be settled by now. There are many variables. It will mostly depend on whether the parties can agree on what fair. You have two years to sue from the bite or will loose the claim.
    Answer Applies to: Connecticut
    Replied: 2/3/2014
    Paul Whitfield and Associates P.A.
    Paul Whitfield and Associates P.A. | Paul L. Whitfield
    You have 3 years to file suit did you? If you did not it is too late. Are you sure you can prove negligence of the homeowner. Homeowners pays only if there is negligence just because a bite or injury occurs means nothing.
    Answer Applies to: North Carolina
    Replied: 2/3/2014
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
    Where are you in the process? If there is an attorney speak to them, if there is not, hire one. Need more facts.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 2/4/2014
    Candiano Law Office
    Candiano Law Office | Charles J. Candiano
    Fed-X courier had a Workers' Compensation Claim AND a claim against the Homeowner's insurance. At most 6 months after the courier returned to work.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 2/3/2014
    The Law Office of Stephen R. Chesley, LLC
    The Law Office of Stephen R. Chesley, LLC | Stephen R. Chesley
    There is not time table for which a case has to be settled. There is nothing clear cut, i.e. homeowners liability since the dog must be shown to have bitten someone before or had a dangerous propensity to doing so.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 2/3/2014
    Andrew T. Velonis, P.C.
    Andrew T. Velonis, P.C. | Andrew Velonis
    I just did one of these, took about 8 months, but only because the insurance company wanted to see what the scars looked like after 6 months had gone by.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 2/3/2014
    Law Offices of Ronald A. Steinberg & Associates | Ronald A. Steinberg, BA, MA, JD
    As long as it takes.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 2/3/2014
    Lombardi Law Firm
    Lombardi Law Firm | Steve Lombardi
    If your case is in Iowa the statute of limitations would be 2 years to file. Have you filed the case? If not you may be too late. This is why lawyers are helpful with insurance claims.
    Answer Applies to: Iowa
    Replied: 2/3/2014
    Kelaher Law Offices, P.A.
    Kelaher Law Offices, P.A. | James P Kelaher
    The statute of limitations is 4 years from the date of the accident, but there is no reason the case should not be settled by now as the scar should have "matured" by now and there was no orthopedic injury, so the case should be settled.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 2/3/2014
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