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Do you have a claim to compensation if a dog bit you?

Animals are wonderful companions, and many California households include dogs as part of their families. While most dogs are docile and gentle, that is not always the case, and it is impossible to guarantee that a dog will never act aggressively. If a dog attacked you or your child suffered from a dog bite, you may have a valid claim to compensation.

Who is most vulnerable?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children ages five to nine years old are most susceptible to dog bites. Men are more likely than women to be bitten by a dog, and most of these incidents take place in a familiar place, often by dogs who are familiar to the victim.

Dog bites can happen anywhere. They can occur while visiting a friend, going on a run, walking to your car or playing with your kids outside. The owner of the dog may be liable for any damages that occur as the result of a bite, whether it occurred in a private residence or in public.

The painful aftermath of a dog bite

Some dog bites are relatively minor and may not require any extensive medical intervention. It is always a good idea to seek medical attention after a dog bite, as a deep laceration can lead to the following:

  • Heavy bleeding
  • Bacterial infection
  • Staph infection
  • Rabies
  • Tetanus

Common treatments for dog bites may include stitches, preventative shots and continued monitoring of the victim's health. In very serious cases in which the dog bite caused damage to ligaments or other types of disfigurement, surgery and rehabilitation may be required.

Establishing liability and seeking compensation

Pet owners are responsible for the damages caused by their animals. The state of California maintains strict liability in these types of cases, and the owner of the animal is financially liable for any injuries caused by a pet. Dog bite victims often do not realize that the pet owner themselves would not be paying for damages, but rather, the compensation would be paid out of their homeowner's insurance.

The path to recovery for you or your child begins by seeking legal assistance as soon as possible after an attack. With the right help, you can build a strong claim that clearly establishes liability and gives you a better chance of securing the money you need for medical care, emotional duress and other recovery needs.

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