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The treatment for dog bites can be extensive and expensive

Have you or a loved one been attacked by a dog? If the answer is yes, then you know just how traumatizing this type of event can be. Treating dog bites can be both extensive and expensive, depending on the severity of the wound. So, along with the physical and psychological damage that victims endure, the financial effects can also be devastating in a number of ways.

I've been bitten by a dog: What now?

Suffering a dog attack can be a traumatic experience that leaves you with both physical and emotional scars. Fortunately, you do not have to suffer dog bite injuries in silence. If you have been bitten by a dog, you have the right to take legal action through the civil court system in California.

Distracted driving: An ongoing safety threat

Despite the well-known dangers of distracted driving, it continues to be a problem that threatens the health and safety of every California driver. Drivers who are distracted while operating a moving vehicle often display some of the same behaviors as drunk drivers, and studies show that this type of irresponsible behavior is not going away.

What are your options as a dog attack victim?

A dog attack is not a minor incident, despite the fact that insurance companies and the dog owners frequently dismiss these cases or downplay the severity of the injuries. If you are the victim of a dog bite or attack, you know how painful and traumatizing these events can be. You need a strong legal ally by your side, advocating for your rights as a victim.

A dog bite is more than physical; it can be extremely traumatizing, especially if the victim is a child. In California, the owners of a dog that attacks a person are liable for injuries and damages. If a dog attacked you or your child suffered a dog bite, you have the right to a full and fair recovery.

Injuries to children from dog bites can be devastating

Children, especially young children, tend not to have a healthy fear of, well, much of anything. For instance, they see a dog and want to play with it and pet it, and they often have no idea how dangerous dogs can be. Even the nicest dog can turn and bite when inadvertently provoked. When a dog does bite, the injuries to children can be devastating.

What children are most at risk?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), dog bites occur approximately 4.5 million times each year. One out of every five of those bites will lead to an infection. If you have a child between the ages of five and nine, he or she has the highest risk for being bitten. Children's curiosity and trust could be at the heart of this age group's risk.

Steps to take after a dog-bite injury

If a dog bit you or someone you love, there are steps you need to take to protect your rights. You may suffer lasting health problems from the attack, and taking the right steps now can make a big difference in whether you recover the compensation you will need to move on with your life.

Here are steps you should take after a dog attack.

Protecting yourself from uninsured drivers in California

The odds of being hit by an uninsured or underinsured driver in California are not in your favor. The Insurance Information Institute estimates that approximately 15 percent of drivers in California are uninsured, as measured by the ratio of uninsured motorists claims to all claims for bodily injury.

A much higher percentage carry the minimum bodily injury coverage, which in California is $15,000 per person or $30,000 for all persons injured in an accident. $15,000 will not even pay for one night in a hospital. There are things you can do to protect yourself and your family.

Are stores responsible for dog bite injuries?

The tendency for many stores in California to be "dog friendly" can have an unfriendly effect on public safety. Innocent shoppers can become the victims of attacks from animals their owners fail to control.

Dog bites can cause serious injuries. Dog bites can cause disfiguring wounds to the victim and lead to lasting emotional trauma. Sadly, the victims of these attacks are often children.

Protecting workers from the risk of dog-bite injuries

Approximately 6,000 postal workers are bitten by dogs each year, many suffering serious injuries. According to the U.S. Postal Service, San Diego is the third highest city for dog bite attacks on postal workers.

Letter carriers are not the only workers at risk of injury from dog bites. UPS drivers, lawn care professionals, pool service workers, meter readers and delivery employees may encounter aggressive dogs every time to go to a customer's home. Here are some ways workers can protect themselves from injury.

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