Pit bulls are loved by many, but a recent case of a tragic dog bite mauling reminds us that these animals can be deadly.
The facts are as follows: a 9 year old California boy was left alone in his sister’s trailer home with three pit bulls for approximately three hours on Sunday morning when the sister arrived home to find the boy barely clinging to his life. According to official reports, deputies found the child in the trailer home with life-threatening injuries around 10am. He was taken to the hospital where he later died. Investigators said the dog bite victim’s 24-year-old sister left the child home alone with the dogs when she left to go to work.
The death of this young boy is tragic and reminds us that dog bite attacks happen all to often in the greater Los Angeles area. In fact, this young boy is one of many recent attacks by aggressive pit bulls to take place in the last few months. The victims were individuals of all ages. If you or a loved one has been injured by a vicious dog, contact an experienced dog bite lawyer immediately to discuss your legal rights and potential for financial recovery.
Financial recovery for dog bite victims
If you or a loved one was attacked by a pit bull or other aggressive dog in the San Fernando Valley, you may be able to bring a personal injury claim against the dog’s owner. Unlike many other states who have a “one-free bite” rule, California’s dog bite law makes it clear that a dog owner can be found strictly liable for injuries caused by his dog even after the first bite and/or if the owner had no inclination that his dog might be vicious.
In California, a victim of a dog bite only needs to show that:
- the dog was owned by the defendant; the bite took place on public property or while the victim was lawfully on private property;
- the victim was actually bitten by the dog; and
- the victim was injured by the dog.
If your loved one was killed as a result of a dog attack in Woodland Hills, talk to a dog bite lawyer about bringing a wrongful death lawsuit on the victim’s behalf.
Dog bites can lead to serious injuries and long-term consequences. If you or a loved one were the victim of a dog bite, hiring an experienced attorney will be important to help you protect your legal rights and obtain financial recovery for your injuries. For more information, or for a free consultation, contact Woodland Hills dog bite lawyer Barry P. Goldberg today.