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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.

California leads the nation in an increase in dog bites

Most people enjoy having animals nearby. Furry friends of all sizes and statures make life better for families, people with disabilities and human beings in general. Domesticated animals generally have the training and experience to behave themselves around people, but attacks can happen if animals feel threatened or have mental health issues.

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