With more children playing outside this summer, it is a good time to review what you need to do if a dog bites your child. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), children have a higher risk of dog bites. Furthermore, when a dog bites a child, the injuries can be more severe than when a dog bites an adult. When you have a dog in your home, your child has a higher likelihood of being bitten by a dog. With school being out for the summer and children playing outside, at the park, or at another person’s house, it is very important to know the steps to take after a dog bite, how to prevent dog bites, and your legal rights if a dog bites your child.
As reported by Philip Gonzales in the Northern California Record, the family of a Fresno man has filed a lawsuit in the Fresno County Superior Court against several defendants alleging negligence and wrongful death in the death of their family member. According to the complaint, the man’s body was found in a canal on July 5, 2016. The cause of death was drowning; however, there were wounds that on his body that appear to be bite marks. The family members allege the attack contributed to his death. The suit is alleging that the defendants are responsible for damages for failing to restrain their dogs and secure their premises. The suit is seeking a variety of financial and non-economic damages.
According to news reports, a shar pei pit bull mixed-breed dog fatally attacked a 3-day old infant in Fresno, CA. The mother had left the child only for a moment when the dog, that she thought was chained in the back yard, entered the house and attacked the infant. Fresno police Lt. Dan Macias said this appears to be a tragic accident and no charges are expected to be filed. The dogs are in the car of animal control until the investigation into this tragic dog attack is completed. This heartbreaking dog attack reminds us that even the friendliest family pet can turn vicious without any warning. Simply because a dog has never acted aggressive or bit a person is no reason to assume the dog will never become violent and harm someone. It is better to take precautions before a dog becomes violent.