In October I was attacked by a neighbor's dogs while running in my neighborhood. I sustained wounds to my right hand and both legs. I was trapped by the dogs on a porch and later rescued by paramedics. I spent 5 hours in the ER and missed a week of work. My medical expenses exceed $7000. I have not yet hired an attorney. My hand is responding to therapy and I have full use of it, but there is still trauma swelling and the scar is an eyesore. I am male so the scarring is not as much of an issue as it would be if I were female. There is one scar on the leg that is six inches long and will be very visible during the spring, summer and fall, as I live in Georgia. The hand works, but there is discomfort in the scar area and the hand aches in damp weather.
It is extremely difficult to tell you the value of your claim without a lot more facts. I encourage you to consult an attorney in Macon. There are a number of good ones. If you are just trying to settle on your own with the insurance company, I doubt if you can get above the $15,000 - $20,000 range even on a good day. They will probably try to hold it to $8500 - $10,000. You should be aware that there is a two year statute of limitation for personal injury in Georgia, so any suit must be filed in court by the second anniversary of the injury.
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I fully agree with Mr. Shigley's answer. If you have not already found a lawyer in Macon to help you, please feel free to contact me. I am on Mulberry Street in downtown Macon. My office number is (478) 745-9002.
Best of luck to you.
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