Simi Valley: Dog Bit, Seriously Injured Child
Posted on Aug 27, 2012
At about 6:40 p.m. on Sunday, August 26, a dog bit and seriously injured a child in Simi Valley. The attack occurred in a park near First Street and Royal Avenue when the owner of a German shepherd allowed it to run without a leash and it bit a 7-year-old in the face. Paramedics transported the child to a local hospital. Given that dogs must be leashed when in public places in Simi Valley, the owner may face charges for negligence.
“Unfortunately, those in the segment of the population least capable of defending themselves during dog attacks are most often the victims,” explained California dog bite lawyer James Ballidis, “with children ages 5 to 9 years old accounting for the highest incidence of dog-bite related injuries.”
Each year, dogs bite 4.7 million people in the United States, causing 800,000 to seek medical treatment, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In several states, including California, there are laws providing recourse for the victims of such attacks. In many cases, the victim may seek compensation from the owner of the dog for expenses related to his or her recovery.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the child who was injured by the dog yesterday.
The Ventura County Star originally reported this dog bite.
Additional information on the state laws concerning dog attacks and on the personal injury claims process is available to the public free of charge through our office.
If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California dog bite lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.