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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.

California residents who have been the victims of animal attacks may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses. To accomplish this, one will have to file and successfully litigate civil claims in court against the animal's owner.

The facts

When it comes to cases involving animal bites, it is believed that 90 percent of them involve dogs. Why? Dogs are very popular pets. Unfortunately, they are pets that can get overly defensive.

In the United States, approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur annually. Of those, an estimated 900,000 victims require emergency medical care, with over 27,000 victims needing some level of reconstructive surgery. Sadly, some dog bite cases do prove fatal.

The damage

Common injuries seen after dog bites include:

  • Damage to skin
  • Damage to muscle
  • Damage to bone
  • Damage to blood vessels
  • Damage to nerves
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Disfigurement

Most at risk

It is believed that those who are considered most at risk for experiencing dog bites are men and children between the ages of 5 and 9. It is the children who are most likely to require medical attention.

Potential treatments

Following a dog attack, there are various potential treatments from which to choose. The severity of the injuries suffered will determine what type of treatment is required. Treatments include:

  • Cleansing to remove bacteria
  • Stitches
  • Medication
  • Surgery

Seeking compensation

If you or a loved one is a victim of an animal attack, according to the laws of California, the animal's owner may be held responsible for any resulting damages. You may pursue compensation by filing a personal injury claim in civil court.

Navigating cases involving dog bites can be difficult, as comparative negligence may come into play. This is when the pet's owner will try to blame the victim for the attack. Even if it appears the victim is partially responsible, it is still possible to seek damages in court. An experienced attorney will work diligently to get you the highest level of compensation available under the circumstances.

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