5/14/2012Shortly after 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 12th, two dogs attacked and seriously injured a woman in Long Beach. While walking her dog in the 200 block of East Barclay Street, two pit bulls attacked the woman. Good Samaritans attempted to intervene but were also bitten multiple times. After attempts to subdue one of the pit bulls with a Taser failed, officers shot and killed the dog; animal control officers found the other dog nearby and impounded it.
“Under California law, the owner of a dog may be held liable if the animal causes harm to others,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
California Civil Code Section 3342 indicates that when a dog bites a person who is in a public place or lawfully in a private one, the owner of the dog may be held liable for the victim’s damages, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness. Every year in the United States, dogs bite more than 4.7 million people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the woman who was attacked by the two dogs last Saturday. We would also like to wish the Good Samaritans who helped her a full recovery.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Long Beach dog attack.
Resources for the victims of dog attacks, including articles on the process of pursuing an injury claim, are available to the public free of charge.
If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.
Category: Dog Bite
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