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Newport Beach: Three Dogs Attacked Mother and Son

Posted on Jun 08, 2012

At around 5:30 a.m. on Friday, June 8th, three dogs described as put bulls attacked a mother and her son at the Marriot Newport Coast Villas in Newport Beach. The dogs attacked the female guest from behind as she was walking toward her vehicle. When her son came to help her, he was also bitten. The dogs proceeded to another area of the grounds. An officer responding to the scene spotted them and entered his patrol car when they advanced toward him, at which point they began attacking the vehicle. In the interest of public safety, police officials decided to fatally shoot the dogs. Paramedics transported the mother and son to a nearby hospital. Authorities are searching for the owner of the dogs and have asked anyone with information to contact the Newport Police Department or Animal Control at 949-622-2608. 


“In California, laws have been enacted to protect the rights of victims of dog attacks to recover compensation for expenses associated with their injuries,” explained a personal injury lawyer in the state. 


In many cases, the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance policy is the source of such compensation, and tracking the number of claims filed each year can serve as an indicator of the incidence of attacks in a state. For example, State Farm recorded a 32 percent increase in claims filed in 2011 in California, costing the insurer a total of $20.3 million. 


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the mother and son who the three dogs attacked and injured this morning.


The Orange County Register originally reported this Newport Beach attack.


Additional information on dog attacks and victims rights is available to the public free of charge.


To request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596. 

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