At about 6:20 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26th, a pit bull attacked and seriously injured a 6-year-old girl in Oceanside. While visiting the home of a neighbor in the Canyon Club Apartments, the girl and her sister, also 6 years old, were left unattended with the dog, whose owner lives in the unit, for a few minutes while their father assisted his friends in removing groceries from a vehicle. When he returned, the pit bull was attacking the girl. She sustained serious injuries to her head, face, and neck and was airlifted to a hospital. The San Diego Humane Society impounded the dog, which may be euthanized due to the severity of the attack.
“When a dog attacks a person, its owner may be held liable for the cost of the victim’s recovery,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills and pain and suffering.”
In the United States, about 50 percent of the 800,000 people who require medical attention after a dog attack are children, with those ages 5 to 9 years old accounting for the highest incidence of dog bite-related injuries. Nearly two-thirds of the trauma children ages four years and younger suffer in such attacks is to the head and neck, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Under California Civil Code Section 3342, the owner of a dog that bites a person who is in a public place or lawfully in a private one may be held liable for their damages. This law may be applied regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the girl who the pit bull attacked and seriously injured.
U-T San Diego originally reported this Oceanside attack.
Additional information on the process of seeking compensation for recovery-related expenses after a dog attack is available to the public free of charge through our office.
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