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Riverside: Pit Bull Mauled Two Boys

Posted on Apr 23, 2013

On Tuesday, April 23, two boys, ages 1 and 2, were hospitalized after being mauled by a pit bull in Riverside. The dog, owned by friends of the boys’ family, attacked the toddlers as they played in its owner’s fenced backyard. Emergency responders rushed the boys to a hospital. Authorities quarantined the dog and plan to transfer it to a humane facility. 


“When a dog harms others, its owners may be held liable for the expense of the victims’ recoveries,” explained California dog bite lawyer James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.” 


Under California Civil Code section 3342, when a dog bites a person, its owner, possessor, or harborer is automatically liable for the injury and recovery-related expenses, regardless of the owner’s knowledge of the dog’s aggressive tendencies. The legal theory is called strict liability and can be differentiated from the one-bite rule used in many other states, which places liability with the owner only if he or she had reason to suspect that the dog was aggressive or knew the dog had attacked others before. 


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the two boys who were mauled by the pit bull.


The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Riverside attack.


Additional information on state dog bite laws and on the injury claims process is available to the public free of charge through our office.


If you would like to request a free book or article, or to speak with a California dog bite lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596. 

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