Dog Bite Question

UPDATED: May 18, 2009

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Dog Bite Question

I was recently bit by a friends’ dog. We are now having to go the legal route in order for me to get her to help with the er bills. Her legal people have advised her to ask for my EOBs (Explanation of Benefits) from my insurance company before she discusses anything further. Should I give them to her?

Asked on May 18, 2009 under Personal Injury, Colorado


L.M., Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 13 years ago | Contributor

The EOB is a document provided to you by your health insurer regarding whether or not they are covering your medical claim and for how much.  If they are not covering all or some of it, an explanation is given as to why.  This has nothing to do with your claim against the dog owner.  If I understand the situation correctly, you are making a claim for the dog owner to pay your er bills.  If you are suing her for negligence or if you were seriously injured and suing her under Colorado's dog bite law, you should provide her with a copy of your er bill and any other medical bills, and a report from the treating physician regarding the injury, how it occurred, a diagnosis, what treatment was provided, what further treatment will be necessary, and your prognosis for recovery.  Whether your own insurance covers you or not is irrelevant.  I would not provide her with a copy of your EOB.

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