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.
California Leads The Nation In Dog Bite Reports Dog attacks are more common than you might think. California is tied with North Carolina for the most dog bite related fatalities in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 4.5 million people are victims of dog attacks and/or dog bites