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Unleash the legal hounds after your dog bite injury

The family dog is as ubiquitous in the United States as apple pie and Little League baseball, if not more so. There are around 90 million pet dogs in this country, and whether you love them or hate them, they're here to stay.

While the typical pet dog is beloved by children and fawned over by owners, the fact remains that a dog is an animal, and it comes equipped with a mouth full of teeth and a powerful set of jaws. A good dog truly can be man's best friend, but just about any dog can lose its patience, or simply snap. When that happens, the results of a dog bite can be very unpleasant.

Dog bites by the numbers

According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, dogs bite approximately 4.5 million people every year in the United States. Looked at another way, that's more than 12,300 dog bites every single day. Fortunately, not all dog bites are serious, and many involve people bitten by their own dogs. Still, in 2016, dog bite victims filed 18,123 insurance claims.

In California, 1,934 claims were filed in 2016, up from 1,684 the year before. California saw more dog bite claims last year than any other state. The average cost per claim nationwide was $33,230, and insurance companies in California paid out more than $76 million in 2016.

An aggressive dog can be very dangerous

No matter what size a dog is, there is always the potential for a serious injury when a dog bites. Possible injuries from a dog attack include:

  • Lacerations
  • Loss of digits/disfigurement
  • Muscle damage
  • Crush injuries and nerve damage

On rare occasions, a dog attack can be fatal. A California woman went to jail for involuntary manslaughter for four years after her dogs killed a woman in 2001.

California liability law is no walk in the park

A serious dog bite is not a laughing matter. On top of the physical damage, a dog attack can be emotionally traumatic, especially for children. Medical bills may be high, and recuperation times long after someone suffers a dog bite. At a time like this, compensation is always more than welcome.

Rather than face the task of trying to win appropriate compensation on your own after experiencing a damaging dog attack, it might be easier and more productive to enlist professional help. A lawyer who understands the people of Orange County and also understands California liability statutes can help you chase after the settlement you need to get back on your feet again.

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