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Personal Injury Lawsuits And Dog Bites: What Are Your Rights?

Posted on in Personal Injury

In almost all circumstances dogs really are "man's best friend". Who doesn't love a cuddly puppy or an old dog who has grown up with your family?

Unfortunately, dogs - like other animals - are prone to unpredictability at times. In tragic situations this trait can result in innocent people being harmed as a result of a dog bite or attack.

If the worst case happens to you or your children, do you know what your rights are? Chances are you do not, but we can fill in the blanks so you know how to protect your rights after a tragic animal attack.

You Have The Right To Be Compensated For Your Injuries

With few exceptions, California law protects people and animals after a dog bite or attack. Farm animals are exempt. Depending on whether the dog has a history of being dangerous and the specifics of the situation, there are different consequences. Victims are entitled to financial compensation for medical expenses, emotional trauma, and any lost wages that result from the incident.

Compensation is especially important in cases where children are the victim, as they can be left with deep psychological scars in addition to their physical injuries. A settlement or verdict will pay for counseling, physical treatment and rehabilitation.

You Have The Right To Collect Without Feeling Guilty

Many dog bite cases involve dogs owned by neighbors, friends and community members. This is difficult. Keep in mind that you are not going after them personally, as cases are typically resolved with funds from homeowner's insurance policies.

You Have The Right To An Attorney

It is a good idea to have an experienced personal injury attorney from Jachimowicz Law Group on your side if tragedy strikes. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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