Dog Bite Victim Needs Help
A dog bite can be pretty brutal. Unfortunately most dog bites are due to the fault of the owner, not the poor dog.
A twenty year old man had been mauled in the face by a dog, as he was busy working on raising money for an anti-drug abuse program. He was outside of an Eagle Rock sandwich shop. Now, his family is asking for help in finding the dog’s owners.
Ian Alli is the young man’s name. He had to be put in the hospital for his wounds.
According to reports, the incident happened on a Thursday evening, just outside of Jersey Mike’s at 2601 Colorado Blvd. near the Glendale border.
Ian’s father, Brian Alli, shared some pretty graphic photos of his son’s wounds on Facebook. He claims that the dog attacked his son, unprovoked. Ian is a dog lover who sadly had to end up in surgery.
Brian Alli’s Statement:
My son is now hospitalized and will need plastic surgery tonight and into the morning, The one thing we need is to get the word out and get the owner and the dog to help him by coming forward. They need to test the dog and obviously, get it off the street.
According to Ian, two women who were in their twenties had the unknown dog. However, another witness told the authorities that a man had the dog.
An Los Angeles Police Department Officer, Aareon Jefferson told the local news that a call had came in at 6:55 p.m. for a report of a dog bite. According to the call, the victim had been trying to get donations for the drug abuse prevention program called D.A.R.E. when the owner gave him a ten dollar donation and then left.
Around two hours later, the dog owner had returned. This time the owner had their dog with them, which just happened to be a pit bull. The dog was on a leash. Ian asked if the dog was friendly and the owner assented. Ian, being an animal lover knelt down to touch the dog and that is when the dog bit him in the face.
Brian Alli’s Statement:
They told him it was a pit bull mix that they got from a rescue shelter, and he said ‘Is it friendly?’ and they said, ‘Very friendly'.
According to Ian, who was still in a hospital bed when he was interviewed, that she had rubbed his hand twice and then the dog had lunged at him. That must have been terrifying.
A nearby witness who works as a lifeguard was able to help Ian during the attack. Ian’s father wishes he could thank the brave lifeguard who came to his son’s rescue.
Officers searched the area but couldn’t find the dog owner. Animal control services were quickly notified. According to Officer Jefferson, the family is waiting on the surveillance video.
Ian Alli had to be treated for his wounds at the Glendale Adventist Medical Center. According to his father, Ian suffered wounds to his face, lips, cheek and his teeth. He had to have plastic surgery to help the damage.
Brian Alli’s Statement About Ian’s Scars
Since he is just starting out in life with a Fiancee and new born baby, this will drain the little money they have saved. Plastic Surgery will be required for his lip. His face will most likely be scarred for life.
Daniel Gibalevich – Dog Bite Attorney Los Angeles
If you or someone you love has been the victim of a dog or animal bite and you would like to learn more about how to recover damages from your injuries, please contact the California personal injury attorneys at the DAG Law Firm for support in making informed decisions about your case.
Strict Liability and the One Bite Rule
Each year, millions of dog bite cases are reported across the United States with many that go unreported. Experiencing an attack by a dog can be terrifying and traumatic and can cause significant injury. In the state of California, a “Strict Liability” statute is enforced in situations where dogs attack and injure another person. The “One Bite Rule” does not apply and owners are 100% responsible and liable for compensation associated with any injuries suffered by their dog.
Understanding Your Case
Depending on the severity of an injury as well as case specifics, a dog owner may be held accountable at both a civil and criminal level. There are multiple varieties of dog bite lawsuits within the state of California and it is important to clearly understand the nature of your case to determine whether it was the result of Negligence, Scienter (knowledge of a dog’s prior history of aggression) or Intentional Tort (an owner’s intent for a dog to exhibit aggressive behavior).
Comparative Negligence and the “Bad Dog” Exception
The skilled attorneys at the DAG Law Firm will assist you in knowing clearly whether you are liable for Comparative Negligence (a victim’s level of responsibility in the provocation of the dog’s aggression) as well as the “Bad Dog” exception, in which signs are clearly displayed on the property, indicating “Beware of Dog.” In some cases, a property owner or landlord may be held liable for damages caused by a tenant’s dog if they had prior knowledge of aggressive. Other conditions, such as a landlord’s failure to enforce dog removal when a tenant breaches a “No Dog” policy in their rental agreement may result in property owner liability.
Common Dog Bite Injuries
Victims of dog bite accidents may suffer severe physical injuries as well as psychological and emotional traumas that may include:
- Puncture Wounds
- Broken Bones and Bone Dislocation
- Lacerations, Contusions and Abrasions
- Cosmetic Disfigurement
- Psychological and Emotional Trauma
Compensation for your Dog Bite Injuries
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries as a result of a dog attack, you may be entitled to compensation for the following damages:
- Payment for current and ongoing medical expenses
- Payment for mental health treatment
- Payment for emotional and psychological distress
- Payment for loss of wages and income earning ability
- Payment for pain and suffering
Speak to an Attorney – Dog Bite Attorney Los Angeles
Daniel A. Gibalevich
DAG Law Firm