Two boys were attacked by a pit bull dog on Saturday, August 9 as they waited outside a friend’s home in Indio, according to news reports.
The family’s pet dog bit the children ages 5, and 11-years-old, about 7:30 p.m. The mother of the friend attempted to restrain the family’s four-year-old pit bull dog by tying its leash to something, but the dog got loose.
The dog bit the 5-year-old on the back of the head and the older child suffered small puncture wounds on his hand and stomach. The 5-year-old was taken to the emergency room where he was listed in serious condition.
Riverside County Animal Services later euthanized the dog after its owner surrendered it to them.
It was not the first time the dog had attacked and bitten a child. In fact, just a few months ago in April, the same dog bit its owner’s son in the head.
“Dog owners can be held liable in both criminal and civil court for the damages done to others by their vicious animals,” said Attorney James Johnson.
United States Dog Bite Attack Statistics
Roughly 4.5 million people suffer dog bite injuries every year in the United States, according to statistics by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Also, fatal dog attacks have been on the rise in recent years. Indeed, during the first 225 days of 2014, 28 people were killed in fatal dog attacks in the US and more than 70 percent of those dogs were identified as Pit Bulls or dogs mixed with this breed, according to a report by DogsBite.org.
Liability for Dog Bite Injuries in California
Under California’s Civil Code Section 3342 the owner of a vicious dog who attacks a human is liable to pay for that individual’s damages.
(a) “The owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.”
For example, victims of dog bite attacks may recover costs for damages such as medical expenses including cosmetic surgery, lost wages, lost wages, emotional distress, pain and suffering and more.
Johnson Attorneys Group has assisted many clients whose rights have been violated in a dog bite attack. If you have legal questions following an attack by an animal, contact Johnson Attorneys Group for a free consultation at 800-235-6801.
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