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Dogs often show signs that they're about to attack

Many Visalia residents head out for a run early in the morning as a way to get their day started. Others simply gather up the family and go for a walk later in the day so everyone can get fresh air and wind down for the evening. If you do one of these activities, then it's likely that you've had a dog run up to you before. You may have been concerned that it might attack. Had you been able to read their body language, you may have better understood their intentions.

California woman reportedly attacked by dogs in her own backyard

California has seen an uptick in dog bites throughout the state, as well as rising homeowner insurance premiums due to animal attacks. Dogs going against people is a rare occurrence even in public where most attacks happen, but it is the worst of surprises when dogs invade a person's property before a bite occurs.

Visiting during the holidays? Beware the dog

With the holidays upon us, you might be planning a trip to spend Thanksgiving or Christmas with extended family or friends at their California home. They are undoubtedly excited you're coming to spend some time with them, whether you're traveling a distance or just going crosstown.

Preventing California animal bites: A primer

According to the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP), about 4.5 million dog bites and 400,000 cat bites are reported each year across California and the nation. This is just the reported number; it is likely that the amount is higher than that. Some of the bites could cause just minor injuries, but some could result in a serious wound.

How are dog bite cases settled in California?

When a lawsuit is filed following a dog bite, the case often doesn't reach courts in California and throughout the United States. Both the plaintiff and defendant in a civil lawsuit could have the motivation to consider settling the case. By doing so, the person who was bitten can receive the money right away to pay for medical treatment. The dog owner, fearing the jury could award a big payout to the victim, can avoid a jury trial.

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