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California law protects and helps dog bite victims

The legal process in California stands at the ready to protect victims of dog bites and dog attacks when they have been harmed. Victims of dog bites and dog attacks can suffer serious harm that is physical, financial and emotional in nature.

In California, dog and other pet owners are strictly liable for the harm caused by their dog or pets. This means that regardless of the circumstances, dog and other pet owners may be liable to compensate the victim for the damages they have suffered. Damages may include medical expenses, lost wages while the victim is away from work recovering and pain and suffering damages. Being unexpectedly attacked by a dog can be traumatic which is why damages for emotional suffering may be available.

In addition to the emotional trauma victims of dog bites may suffer, the physical trauma can also be significant. Victims can suffer scaring, disfigurement and even disability because of a dog attack. As a result, damages for these serious injuries harm may also be available to the victim through a personal injury claim for damages. Damages can include those for future medical care and treatment and lost-earning capacity as well.

A personal injury claim for damages following a dog attack can hold the dog owner responsible and ensure the victim receives the help they need to recover. Because there are complexities that can come up in relation to liability and ensuring dog bite victims are protected, trained guidance through the process can also be helpful for those who have suffered harm in a dog attack.

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