Although dogs are often labeled as “man’s best friend”, there are situations that can arise where this is certainly not the case.
What started out as an average day for a family turned out to be a nightmare for a man and woman who were attacked by their son’s pit bull mix dog.
According to the couple, their son rescued this dog, which showed aggressive behavior shortly after the son got it. The dog attacked the father first and when the wife tried to get involved, it turned on her as well. A neighbor who saw the attack rushed over and sprayed the dog with a hose and got it penned in a closed bedroom.
The man suffered serious injuries to his arm. He and his wife were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. The dog was taken away, impounded and placed into 10-day quarantine while county officials conduct a dangerous dog investigation, which can take several weeks.
When dogs attack people, the injuries sustained by the victims can be gruesome and terrifying. Long after the attack is over, many victims still suffer emotional pain.
An attacking dog, especially a powerful breed such as a pit bull mix, can do significant damage and cause severe trauma. Common injuries sustained in dog attacks range from lacerations to puncture wounds to broken bones and nerve damage. Infections of these wounds could prove fatal.
Statistics show that more than four million people are attacked or bitten by dogs every year in the United States. Close to one million of those dog bites require medical care.
California law requires that dog owners be held liable for the injuries and damages caused by their pets. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
It’s difficult to know what will happen in this specific case since the dog owner is the couple’s son. I hope they have a speedy and complete recovery from this terrible attack.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog attack, contact one of the San Bernardino personal injury attorneys at the law offices of Welebir Tierney & Weck. We will help you receive fair compensation for your injuries. Call us today for a free initial consultation.