A: With respect to most cases the truthful answer is “no.” The reason for this is that there are many, many factors that go into determining the value of a claim. Some of these factors are how much time you have missed from work, whether you are likely to miss work in the future, or whether your injuries will require a change in your occupation, what future medical care you are reasonably certain to need and whether your injury is of a type that could likely get progressively worse over time. Once you are through your healing period and many of these factors are known and your prognosis is known an experienced personal injury attorney can give you a fairly accurate range into which your case will likely fall. Ahead of this time, however, when many of the factors are yet unknown, it is much more difficult to determine the range within which your case will likely settle. Some attorneys will suggest a rather large figure to you when they first meet with you. This is usually just an attempt to impress you and get you to hire the attorney. Be very wary if this ever happens to you.
Because most dog attack claims will involve mild to moderate scarring it can be advisable to wait to see how the scar will heal and if it can be surgically improved before attempting to settle the claim. Periodically photographing the scarring during the healing process provides effective documentation of what you have had to endure.
Because of the very nature of dog attack injuries nerve injuries are not uncommon. Nerves regenerate very slowly. This means that it could be a considerable period of time before it will be known whether nerve function will be fully restored.