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IL injury lawyerDogs can be man’s best friend, but they can also pose a danger. According to the American Medical Veterinary Association, more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year. Out of those, nearly 800,000 people sustained injuries so serious they had to seek medical attention. Dog bites can cause damage to nerves, blood vessels, muscles, and bones, but they can also cause serious infections, such as rabies, tetanus, MRSA and others. Understanding warning signs that a dog might bite and what to do if you are bitten can help you protect yourself from dangerous injuries.

Reading Dog Body Language

According to the Humane Society of the United States, knowing the body language that a dog is exhibiting can help prevent dog bites. Dogs have a different way of showing their emotions than people do, but they do have a predictable pattern of behaviors. These are some signs that a dog is distressed and you should keep your distance:

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California defense attorneyUniversally known as man’s best friend, the dog is often the subject of controversy when discussion turn toward incidents of dog attacks, bites and calls for banning certain breeds from within the limits of a city, town or county. On whichever side of the breed ban debate you fall, it should be acknowledged that suffering a dog bite is not only physically painful but also can have an emotional and psychological impact on the victim.

What Causes a Breed Ban

Usually, a pattern of attacks or one, single horrific event is enough to make groups push for a ban on the offending breed. The laws aim to restrict or outright ban ownership of specific breeds of dog, typically those considered to be most dangerous or aggressive.

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dog bites, insurance coverage, San Jose personal injury attorneyEvery five years, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) releases the U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook ranking the top/lowest ten states sharing a home with a pet, most often domesticated canines. As per the 2013 AVMA report, California ranked among the lowest ten states proclaiming pet ownership. It was reported that 52.9 percent of the California population shared their home with a domesticated pet but no matter where state rankings stand, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that approximately 4.5 million dog bites still occur every year across the United States.

Statistically, the complexities of pet ownership run even deeper than just welcoming your four-legged friend into the family fold. The Insurance Information Institute reported that in 2014, California residents reported 1,867 dog-related injury claims with an average cost of $33,649 per claim. It is understandable that dog-bite injuries can become a household’s largest liability and often leading to intricate legalities and lawsuits. It is often riskier for those who rent in comparison to homeowners who are minimally covered under their homeowner’s insurance policy. 

The costs associated with a dog bite claim have skyrocketed, so much so that in 2013, Farmers Insurance of California placed breed restrictions within their coverage often turning away business or denying a claim if a homeowner owned one of the following breeds: 

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