When someone is the victim of a dog bite, that person has the right to seek legal recourse for the injuries he or she suffered during and as the result of that attack. Depending on the jurisdiction in which the dog bite took place and the severity of the injuries suffered in the bite, those legal consequences could include personal injury damages or monetary fines, jail time or even the forced isolation or euthanization of the animal that committed the attack.
In recent years, several cities and states throughout the country have enacted breed-specific legislation, banning people from owning specific breeds - often pit bulls - in the municipality. These laws were created with the mindset that banning those so-called bully breeds would ultimately prevent dog bites and similar dog-inflicted injuries. However, the laws have been met with much resistance from dog owners and bully breed advocates who say that a dog is not inherently and automatically dangerous simply as the result of its breed.
A California woman may soon be facing multiple criminal charges in connection with a dog bite inflicted by her animal during a charity event earlier this summer. The charges reportedly stem from her attempts to evade identification and to interfere with animal control's investigation into the alleged attack.
As San Diego well know, it is nearly impossible to protect your child from every potential danger or harm during every minute of every day. As such, it is important to teach your children to protect themselves when they find themselves in harmful situations, or better yet, to remain out of those situations entirely.
A California city has reached a settlement with a 7-year-old boy and his family in regard to a dog bite that took place at a city park and that left the boy with serious, lasting injuries. Under the terms of the settlement, the city will pay more than $300,000 to the family, to be used for past and future medical bills, therapy, education and other costs.
When we hear about a dog bite injury involving a child, it usually seems that the attack was inflicted by a neighbor's pet, or by a strange dog that the child has never encountered before. However, in many situations, that is not the case. A large number of dog bite injuries are inflicted by the family pet, and the victims of many of these attacks are children.
According to the Insurance Information Institute, a national insurance industry group, about one-third of all homeowner's liability insurance claims are made in connection with dog bite injuries. Although this percentage has remained constant for about the last decade, however, the average cost per dog bite claim has increased by about 25 percent in the same time period, topping out at $29,000 in 2011.
Every year, about 4.7 million dog bites are estimated to occur in California and throughout the country, with more than half of the victims of these bites under the age of 14. To call attention to (and reduce) this large number, the week of May 21-26 has been designated as Dog Bite Prevention Week in the U.S.
The 59-year-old U.S. Postal Service employee who was bitten by a pit bull while making her normal rounds through a North County neighborhood has died from complications of the stroke she suffered immediately after the attack. A coroner's report listed the official cause of death as a hemorrhagic stroke, but included the dog bites the woman suffered on her legs as a contributing factor.