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How to unleash legal resources to seek recovery after a dog bite

There's ample evidence that owning dogs, or at least interacting with them, can be very beneficial in a variety of ways. There are even dogs that receive training to provide health-related support or encourage emotional healing following traumatic incidents.

Still, dogs are dogs; more specifically, they are animals, as in -- non-human. You have no way of knowing how a particular dog is going to react in a particular situation at any given time. When dogs are untrained, frightened or protecting their perceived territory, their natural inclination is to bite. 

What should you do if a dog bites you?

If you suffered from a dog attack, the following information may help keep you safe, and point you in the right direction for support if a dog bites you:

  • Dog bites range in severity from minor to fatal. Do not be afraid to seek medical attention, even if you want to shrug it off at first.
  • There is always a risk of infection no matter how minor or severe a bite happens to be. Of course, the more open a wound, the higher the risk for infection.

While there is no surefire way to prevent all dog bites, the following tips can help limit your risk:

  • There do appear to be correlations between certain dog breeds and propensities toward biting. Breeds that may place you most at risk include certain types of pit bulls, chows, german shepherds and jack russell terriers, along with wolf hybrids.
  • Dogs typically bite someone or something that scares them, stresses them or "threatens" their young or their owners.
  • Dogs often nip at other dogs when playing and may exhibit this behavior toward humans as well.

By always acting with caution when you are near a dog, you may be able to avoid potential trouble, especially if you know how to recognize signs that an animal is about to attack

Others who suffered dog bites in the past have turned to experienced California attorneys to seek recovery for their losses. California is a "strict liability" state. This means the owner of the dog is responsible for the injuries caused by their dog attacking you - even if, for example, the dog was properly leashed at the time of the attack. 

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