My question involves injury or loss that occurred in the state of: California
I was bitten by a stranger's dog in a San Francisco park while riding my bicycle today and suffered a 1-inch laceration on my leg. If I decide to sue in small claims court, is there a reasonable amount I should ask for (I suppose I could ask for the maximum, but I want to be realistic)? It would be strictly for pain and suffereing since my medical costs were only $15, & I presume there will be a scar which I believe should entitle me to compensation.
Also, when should I file suit? When I filed the police report I was told there would be a hearing in "dog court" which may be in 30 - 60 days, according to sfgov.org. Should I wait until after the hearing?
Any advice is greatly appreciated!