"Dr. Phil" Faces California Dog Bite LawsuitPsychologist and talk show host Dr. Phil is facing a California personal injury lawsuit filed after his dog “Maggie” attacked a family friend.
Janet Harris was visiting Dr. Phil McGraw and his wife Robin at the McGraw residence to preview when the dog attack happened. The McGraw's pet Jindo attacked Ms. Harris without provocation and caused her serious injury.
Robin McGraw has to force open the dogs mouth in order to release the victim.
Ms. Harris sustained puncture wounds to her right hand and arm and abrasions, cuts, and severe bleeding. According to the dog bite injury lawsuit, when the victim sought medical help, she was told that the wounds were infected and she could have died of a serious bacterial infection had she not received antibiotic treatment within three days of the injury. She required treatment with antibiotics, IV fluids, and steroids.
In addition, the California dog bite lawsuit says that the victim has permanently lost 90% of her hearing in her right ear and 20% in her left ear as a result of her reaction to the antibiotics. She has also developed a hand tremor and has lost her job as a skin-care specialist at a Beverly Hills clinic. Harris is seeking compensation for her medical treatment, loss of earnings, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Jindos are a highly territorial and defensive breed of hunting dog. They are agressive dogs that are very protective of their families.
Maggie had been rescued by the McGraws and slept with the couple, a habit that some canine experts believe can cause "pack mentality" in dogs. According to the victim, Maggie was known to have an “unpredictable temperament” and had previously bitten people and animals.
This is the story that made the headlines, but real people suffer injuries every day from dogs that are not properly restrained by their owners. Orange County dog bite attacks can cause intensive injuries and even death. If you are attacked by an unrestrained dog, you may have grounds for a California dog bite lawsuit.
In order to win a dog bite lawsuit, you must be able to prove all of the following:
1. Your injuries were caused by the animal.
2. The owner’s negligence was a direct cause of the animal’s attack.
3. The owner of the dog failed to exercise a reasonable duty of care. For example, the owner knew the dog was potentially dangerous, but did not properly restrain the dog.
However, you don’t have to do this on your own. The Orange County dog bite attorneys at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie can help. We represent dog bite victims throughout California. If you have been injured in a California dog bite attack, contact Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie at 866-981-5596.