You must be able to prove a case
After a dog bite incident, medical bills can rack up pretty quickly for the dog owner depending on the severity of the bites. But whether the dog bites were severe or not, the law allows for accident victims to recover damages against the parties that harmed them. Basically what that means is that if someone hurts you, they have to pay whatever it takes to put you back into the level of happiness that you were in before they hurt you. This, of course, is not the case for every injury case. An injured victim must be able to prove a case for negligence.
Medical bills are always the first part of a dog bite damage equation. Typically, the higher the medical bills are, the higher the total amount of damages will be. That is certainly not always the case, but it is illustrative of the general rule. Before a dog bit you, you did not have painful lacerations on your arms and legs. Before a dog bit you, you were able to run and jump and go about your normal day as opposed to being forced to visiting your doctor several times and constantly treating and bandaging your lacerations and abrasions to make sure that they are healing properly and that they are not infected so you can avoid permanent impairments.
General damages are different from special damages in that they have no precise value. We are forced to do our best to simply assign a fair value to them. Physical pain and suffering entitle one to general damages. Emotional distress such as fear and anxiety of running in the park would also entitle a victim to recover general damages. These damages are extremely difficult to value. An experienced dog bite lawyer can give you extremely valuable insight as to what your general damages should be. Attempting to negotiate your claim on your own will almost always result in you being under-compensated.