At about 9:40 a.m. on Thursday, January 17, two pit bulls, or pit bull mixes, attacked and seriously injured an elderly woman in Jurupa Valley. The dogs escaped from their owner’s fenced yard and mauled the 84-year-old woman as she walked in her neighborhood off 54th and Beach streets. Emergency responders transported her to an area hospital in critical condition. Animal services officials impounded the dogs and located their owner. Whether or not they will be euthanized has not yet been determined.
“Pet owners may be held liable if their animals cause harm to others,” explained California dog bite lawyer James Ballidis. “In such cases, the victims may file a personal injury claim in order to obtain compensation for the expense of their recoveries.”
In the United States, dogs bite more than 4.7 million people every year, sending 800,000 people to seek medical attention, half of whom are children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of the victims requiring medical care, 386,000 are treated in emergency rooms and 16 succumb to their injuries.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the elderly woman who was mauled and seriously injured.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Jurupa Valley pit bull attack.
Additional information on California laws concerning dog bites and on the personal injury claims process is available to the public free of charge through our office.
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