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Child bitten By Dog in Orange County

A dog bite can happen anytime and anywhere. Unfortunately the majority of dog bites happen to young children. Could this be because they reach first and it scares the dog? Or are bite prone dogs being allowed around children too often?

Sadly a four year old little boy had to be hospitalized after a dog bite incident. According to the Orang County Sheriff’s office, the dog was reported as a pit bull.

The little boy had lacerations to his forehead, nose, his right cheek and just behind his left ear. Sounds like the dog was going for his head. According to Lt. Kenneth Taylor, the little boys injuries luckily aren’t life threatening.

The attack happened in the 13000 block of Turtle Marsh Road, which is in the Hunter’s Creek area. According to the reports, the mother of the little boy had invited her boyfriend over. The pit bull belongs to the mother’s boyfriend.

As the mother and her boyfriend was in the living room the dog went into the little boy’s bedroom and bit him. According to the officer, the little boy was asleep. Which is odd. Why would a dog just go find a little boy and decide to bite him?

Animal services officials had to be notified and they placed the dog under a ten day quarantine. They also added an option for euthanasia with the owner’s consent.

This wasn’t just about the dog though, allowing a strange animal into your home and allowing it to seek out your child required the child abuse detectives to be involved

Orange County Dog Bite

Police officers work with dogs quite often. Usually the dogs are there to help save lives, however that isn’t the only type of dogs police encounter and that’s not always the case.

According to reports, a police officer was bitten on her hand and forearm when she was answering to a report of an animal complaint. Luckily she had a glove on her hand. The reports came in around noon on that Thursday day.

According to the reports, Officer Sally Collazo answered the call about an injured dog that was located at 510 M&M Road. Officer Collazo tried to help the mixed breed dog with the help of a City of Middletown animal control officer. However during her attempt to help the dog she ended up being attacked. After the attack the injured and scared animal ran into the woods.

Officer Injured From Bite Incident

Officer Collazo had to be treated for the bite at the scene by an Volunteer Ambulance personnel. She was treated and then released from the Orange County Regional Medical Center.

The officers made a search for the injured dog. After the joined forces from the City of Middletown Animal Control and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office they were able to find the injured dog. They caught the dog and removed it from the woods. They ended up taking the animal to the local animal clinic where it could be treated and evaluated.

The police will try to get a town court order so that they can have the dog tested for any “infectious diseases”.

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
  • Amputation
  • Cosmetic Disfigurement
  • Infection
  • Psychological and Emotional Trauma
  • Death

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

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