This weekend we were at my parents house. Their 3 yr old German Shepherd (who has been around my 5 children 2-3 time a week since she has been born) bit my 10 month old son in the face. We still have absolutely no idea why, although we were all in the room we didn’t see the moment it happened). He ended up having emergency reconstructive surgery to fix his nose, lip and cheek. Although our health insurance will pick up the tab of the hospital and Dr. bills it will do nothing for pain and suffering, or for any future surgeries. *We were told he may have issues when he hits puberty although at that point it would be “cosmetic” and insurance would no longer cover it* So we were thinking of suing my parents, in which their home owners insurance would step in. I know people are thinking “suing your parents!” but they have said to do it, as they feel horrible and want to do anything they can to help ease the pain in all of this. Does anyone have any suggestions or advice? Could this be done without being horribly messy? We adore my parents and would never want anything to hurt that relationship, but if they are saying to do it, it is the only way we will get any type of reassurance that, God forbid he need future medical care we can cover it.
They are working class people who work very hard but don’t have a huge savings. A nose job, which is what the plastic surgeon said he may need, would be thousands and thousands of dollars. Everyone who owns a home pays for insurance, isn’t that what it is there for? We have 2 dogs and I upped the policy for that “god forbid” we ever need it….
Not sure what state you live in but where I am, yes you can sue for ANY dog bite, those that have bitten before are in a different class. Why was my child with a dog he has been with for 3 years? People are not bad parents because they let their children by family pets. Do you think I would EVER leave him by her now?