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Five Benefits of Dog Bite Compensation in California

Date : 7/6/2015  
Name :  Scott Liljegren 
State :  CA 
URL : 
Category :  Personal Injury 
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Five Benefits of Dog Bite Compensation in California

California is one of the many states that are cracking down on aggressive animals. Dog bite injuries occur with greater frequency in the United States than any other form of violence outside of sexual assault. Each day 1,000 people will enter an ER to be treated for a dog bite related injury, and according to a paper produced by H. Weiss, D. Friedman and J. Coben, JAMA (Incidence of Dog Bite Injuries Treated in Emergency Departments): "Dog bites are the fifth highest reason why children seek emergency room treatment due to activities they voluntarily engage in, such as playing sports." With spiking rates of injury is it any wonder then that California developed its zero tolerance laws for dog bites? Those injured as a result of a dog attack in the OC should speak with an Orange County dog bite lawyer as soon as possible. In addition to removing the "one bite" rule, California implemented a stringent system of compensation for those who have been brutally victimized by dog attacks. The benefits of this system can be summed up in the following:

Anyone Who Has Been Bitten May Receive Compensation

In the State of California even if the dog did not break the skin or leave a scar, victims are entitled to compensation. As long as the dog's jaws (and teeth) came into contact with the body in any way, the victim may petition for damages based on claims of deleterious psychological effects.

Victims May Sue for Multiple Damages within their Claim

The State of California allows for victims to sue for medical expenses, loss of wages (past and future), therapy, pain and suffering, and reconstructive treatment.

Provocation Defense is Not Allowed in Cases Involving Children

Many states allow for provocation defense when determining liability for dog bites and attacks. California does not allow for such defense in children under the age of 5 years old, or older children who were following a parent's instructions at the time of attack.

If your child has been attacked by a dangerous animal he or she will be allowed due compensation regardless of provocation (under 5) or if they were following instructions.

The Statute of Limitations on a Dog Bite Case is Two Years

California allows for victims to sue for damages up to two years past the date of the attack. This enables people who may have after effects to seek damages that they may not have been aware of at the time of the attack.

If the Dog Bite Occurred While Performing Job Functions it may also be Covered Under Workman's Compensation Insurance

Californians also have the additional option of using the state's workers' compensation system of benefits if the dog bite occurred while the victim was working and performing job-related duties. Moreover, there is the additional liability if the bite occurred on work premises.

Someone who has been attacked by a dog has many options under the current laws of California to seek damages and be adequately compensated for the attack. Many dog owners are well aware that they own a dangerous breed and do not make the appropriate attempts to either train the animal or remove it from a high traffic space. This is abject negligence given the dangers that dog attacks pose to children.

If you have been bitten by a dog, even if it did not break the skin you are entitled to damages by law in the State of California. Each case has variables associated with it that determine the minimum and maximum benefits that can be awarded. Dog bite attorneys can provide more information about the benefits of filing suit or seeking compensation through attorneys, as well as, those other options specific to your case. Personal injury attorneys work with people just like you daily to provide the money required for reconstructive surgery, loss of work, and the post-traumatic stress symptoms.

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