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February 24, 2001 - Dog Attacks Haunt Victims

Two high-profile cases in the news have turned public attention to the issue of dog attacks. Officials are pursuing or considering criminal charges against people responsible for the dogs that killed 10-year-old Cash Carson in San Bernardino County last year and 33-year-old Diane Whipple in San Francisco last month.

For victims and animal owners, the consequences of a dog mauling linger long after headlines die away. Victims' scars still pucker their skin years later, and memories of slashing jaws sometimes leave them permanently skittish around large canines. Homeowners' insurance usually covers medical bills, but some insurance companies limit what they will pay, or decline coverage after an attack.

On the other hand, owners often suffer emotional stress, or the loss of beloved pets who they say were wrongly labeled as dangerous. Dog owners also face personal civil lawsuits from victims seeking money for pain and suffering.

In all dog bite cases it is essential that measures be taken promptly to preserve evidence, investigate the incident in question, and to enable physicians or other expert witnesses to thoroughly evaluate any injuries. If you or a loved one is a victim of a dog bite, call now at or CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT A SIMPLE CASE FORM. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to accept your case, we will work on a contingent fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary award or recovery of funds. Don't delay! You may have a valid claim and be entitled to compensation for your injuries, but a lawsuit must be filed before the statute of limitations expires.

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