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Parents in Baltimore need to be aware of all the dangers posed to their children. Kids are injured in accidents all the time. Often they are the result of the negligence or carelessness of another person. When a child injury occurs, no matter the cause, major expenses, both financial and non-financial, can take a toll on a victim and his or her family. In the worst case scenario, the child will be injured for the rest of his or her life or even killed.

In an incident captured on video that has gone viral for its stunning outcome, a cat named Tara rescued a little boy from a dog that attacked him as he rode his bicycle in the driveway of his home. Video showed the neighbor's dog sniffing around garbage cans near the family's vehicle. The dog then ran around the vehicle, saw the boy and attacked, biting him on his leg and appearing to try to drag him away. The cat charged from out of the camera's view, rammed the dog and chased it off. The cat then returned to stay with the child until his mother could take him to safety. The child had cuts to his leg, but is expected to be fine.

Dog bite injuries can be severe. When they happen to a child, they can leave mental and physical scars that never go away. The injuries suffered can be life-changing for the entire family. When a child is hurt due to a dog bite, after the initial shock, the family will be confronted with medical expenses including treatment for the injuries as well as mental and psychological problems. The bills can accumulate rapidly and severely damage a family's finances. People who fail to keep their dangerous dogs away from innocent, unsuspecting individuals can be sued for compensation to pay for what happened.

An experienced personal injury attorney can help victims and their families file a claim against a negligent pet owner. By gathering evidence, questioning witnesses, and applying the applicable law, an attorney can give victims and their families the best possible chance of success. Hopefully, if a case is won, the victim and his or her family can move on with life with a full recovery and a little comfort, closure and justice.

Source: CBS DC, "Cat Saves Boy From Vicious Dog Attack," May 14, 2014

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