Unexpected Dog Bite Incidents in California

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Burglary Suspect’s Dog Takes a Bite of Him

A stun gun didn’t get him, but a burglary suspect’s own dog did.

Police in California City responded to a burglary call Thursday at around 10 a.m. In the 8500 block of Catalpa Avenue.

Officers chased two suspects. They quickly caught Alvin Beverly in a nearby backyard, but Donnell Blakely ran after being shocked with a stun gun.

He jumped a nearby fence and ended up in another backyard.

It turns out, it was his own and his dog attacked him. Blakely was busted in his own garage and taken to a hospital for the dog bite.

Passerby Helps Dog Bite Victim

A good Samaritan helped save a toddler from a dog attack Wednesday in North Edwards, and two people were arrested.

Deputies from Rosamond were called for a dog bite at the 13000 block of Davenport Street. They found a toddler with “severe” facial injuries caused by a dog attack.

The toddler was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive.

This is Dwayne Pressley, the “Good Samaritan” in North Edwards who rescued a small child being attacked by a pit bull. He ripped down a fence to get to them. He says he’s no hero, just someone who did what needed to be done.

Deputies found the home to be in “unlivable conditions.” Child Protective Services arrived and took an 8-month-old child into protective custody.

Kern County Animal Control responded and took custody of the pit bull.

Deputies determined the toddler had fallen out of the window and into the area where the dog was being kept. The child’s mother, 22-year-old Samatha Myers, was asleep and did not realize the child was being attacked, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

A neighbor heard the attack and responded by tearing a portion of the fence and rescuing the child.

Myers and 25-year-old Nathan Albey were both arrested.

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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