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Sickening Pit Bull Attack in Colton Leaves Toddler Fatally Injured

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 09/24/2013
Monday afternoon a two-year-old boy was killed by as many as five pit bulls in a Colton backyard. According to KTLA news, police were called to the home of the boy's uncle in the 700 block of West Citrus Avenue after receiving a report that someone had been killed by dogs.

Dog Attack in Riverside Sends Woman to Hospital With Gaping Wounds

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 08/12/2013
An unidentified woman sustained facial wounds and a gaping wound to her arm after being attacked by two pit bulls in Riverside this morning. According to the Press Enterprise, the victim is between 45 and 50 years of age, and she was attacked while walking her dog just before 11:00 a.m. in the 6600 block of Sixth Street.

Elderly Woman Seriously Injured By Pit Bulls

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 01/24/2013
ABC news has reported that an 84-year-old woman was attacked by two pit bulls just outside of her home in Jurupa Valley. The incident occurred last Thursday at about 11:00 a.m., and officials have indicated the attack was unprovoked. The two dogs have been described by a neighbor as a male and a female, both 3 years old. The neighbor was able to chase the dogs away, and it is unknown what prompted this horrific attack. The elderly woman's injuries were described as serious.

5-Year-Old Severely Bitten By Dog In Anaheim

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 07/11/2012

On Monday afternoon, a 5-year-old boy suffered serious facial injuries after being attacked by a neighbor's dog.  The incident apparently happened at about 1:45 p.m. when the boy was at a neighbor's house in the 1800 block of West Elm Avenue.  According to the Orange County Register, police arrived at the scene to find the boy had sustained "significant facial injuries."  The dog, reportedly a Labrador retriever mix, had no history of aggressive behavior, but was immediately euthanized by Orange County Animal Control.  

See the Orange County Register article HERE.

What this incident seems to demonstrate is that just about any breed of dog is capable of biting.  While we do not know the precise mix, Labrador retrievers are generally regarded as "kind" and "pleasant" dogs, and it seems surprising this attack occurred.  However, even a seemingly docile animal can attack with little to no provocation.  Under California law, the owner of a dog that bites is strictly liable for the injuries and damages the victim sustains, regardless of whether the dog has a aggressive propensity.  Because of this statute, most homeowner's insurance policies provide coverage for the dog owner, unless the particular breed of dog is excluded under the policy.  More and more, policies are being written to exclude more notorious breeds such as Pit Bulls and Rottweilers. 

Compensation for the victims of dog attacks should be an important concern for all Californians.  When an innocent victim, particularly a small child, is bitten and seriously injured by a dog, the dog's owner(s) should be held accountable for all of the injuries and damages suffered by the victim and their family.   An Orange County dog bite attorney with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims.  Mr. Ralph has more than 21 years of experience handling personal injury cases, including just this type.  He can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a family member been the victim of a dog attack?

Nothing in this post is intended to suggest the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph currently represents anyone involved in the news story above. This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter. A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.

 

Pack of Dogs Attack Two Cyclists

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 07/06/2012

Two cyclists were attacked on Wednesday morning by a pack of six dogs in Delhi, a small town in Merced County.  One of the two victims, a 49-year-old man, was severely injured and had to be taken to the hospital where he received dozens of stitches.  The first victim was bitten on the ankle about 20 minutes earlier in the day.  The dogs included a Labrador retriever and five Pit Bulls or Pit Bull mixes.  The dogs were rounded up by Merced County Animal Control and their owners have been identified.  They apparently came from three different households.

See the KTLA news story HERE.

Under California's dog bite statute, the owners of the dogs involved in these two attacks will be held liable for the injuries and damages their dogs have caused.  The Merced County District Attorney's office may also file criminal charges against the owners depending on the precise circumstances and a determination of whether the dogs involved in the attacks had a history of aggressive behavior.  Once again, and not surprisingly, the dogs involved in a human attack were of the Pit Bull breed or at least a mix.  While all dog breeds are capable of aggressive behavior, Pit Bulls appear to have the greater tendency and certainly inflict some of the most serious injuries.  One of the mounting problems facing victims of such dog attacks is the fact that a number of dog owners have no insurance and no assets with which to compensate the victims.  Some homeowner's insurance policies even exclude aggressive breeds such as Pit Bulls and Rottweilers.

Compensation for the victims of dog bites should be an important concern for all Californians.  When an innocent victim is bitten and seriously injured by an aggressive dog or dogs, the dog's owner(s) should be held accountable for all of the injuries and damages suffered by the victim and their family.  An Orange County dog bite lawyer with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims. Mr. Ralph has more than 21 years of experience handling personal injury cases, including just this type.  He can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a family member been the victim of a dog attack?

Nothing in this post is intended to suggest the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph currently represents anyone involved in the news story above. This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter. A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.

Toddler Attacked By Family Pit Bull

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 05/29/2012

A toddler living in Norco was attacked by the family pit bull yesterday, May 28th.  According to the Press Enterprise story, the young girl was fortunate in that she escaped any major bite wounds.  The 19-month-old girl apparently got out of the house and into the back yard when a babysitter opened a sliding glass door to air out the house.  The dog was reportedly dragging the little girl through the yard when the babysitter looked outside.  The toddler was taken to the hospital with what appears to have been moderate injuries, and the dog was quarantined by Animal Control, which is standard procedure in such instances.

See the Press Enterprise story HERE.

Just about one week before the incident above, on May 20th, a 54-year-old woman was attacked just outside her Garden Grove home by a pit bull mix.  The dog, belonging to a neighborhood resident, attacked the woman's 7-week-old puppy and, when the owner attempted to intervene, she was viciously attacked.  Neighbors made numerous attempts to end the attack, but were only successful after sticks and a garden hose initially failed.  The puppy was treated for very serious wounds at a local animal hospital, and the owner likewise received emergency medical treatment at Garden Grove Hospital for wounds to both hands, as well as one arm and her torso.  The Orange County dog bite victim has since retained the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph to represent her interests in the case.

Compensation for the victims of dog attacks should be an important concern for all Californians.   When an innocent victim is bitten and seriously injured by a vicious dog, the dog’s owner should be held accountable for all of the injuries and damages suffered by the victim and their family.  An Orange County dog bite attorney with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims.   Mr. Ralph has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases, including just this type.  He can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a family member been the victim of a pit bull attack?

Nothing in this post is intended to suggest the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph currently represents anyone involved in the news story above. This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter. A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.

 

Pit Bull Attack In Long Beach Sends Woman To Surgery

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 05/14/2012

Saturday evening at about 6:00 p.m. a woman and her dog walking down a street in Long Beach were attacked by two pit bulls, causing injuries to both.  According to KTLA news, the unidentified woman required emergency surgery, and two Good Samaritans who tried to help were also bitten and required medical treatment.  Once police arrived at the scene on East Barclay Street they were quickly able to locate one of the dogs, and the animal had to be shot dead after attempts to bring it under control with a Taser were unsuccessful.   The second dog was later found and is now in the custody of Animal Control.  

See the KTLA news story and photograph HERE.

Once again, two aggressive dogs were apparently allowed to wander free and attack an innocent victim and her dog.  While many dog breeds are known for their aggression, pit bulls also have the distinction of latching on to their victims with powerful jaws and not letting go.  As a result, their bites tend to be worse than other dogs of equal size and weight.  While it is unknown precisely what injuries the victim in the story above sustained, it is probably fair to conclude she will suffer significant scarring and may need plastic surgery in the future because of the attack.   After bites from a large breed of dog, it is not uncommon for the victim to require plastic surgery to revise scars, particularly where the bites are to the face, hands or arms.  As with any dog bite occurring in California, the owner of the pit bulls in the story above is strictly liable for the injuries and damages these victims sustained.  Once a dog bites a victim (as opposed to scratching or knocking them down), the owner is automatically liable for the damages.  Where the injuries do not result from a bite, it must be shown the owner was negligent in the handling or control of their dog.  

Compensation for the victims of dog bites should be an important concern for all Californians.   When an innocent victim is bitten and seriously injured, the dog’s owner should be held accountable for all of the injuries and damages suffered by the victim and their family.  An Orange County dog bite lawyer with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims.   Mr. Ralph has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases, including just this type.  He can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a family member been the victim of a serious dog bite?

Nothing in this post is intended to suggest the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph currently represents anyone involved in the news story above. This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter. A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.

Vicious Dog Attack Captured On Video

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 04/24/2012

Another vicious dog attack has made the news.  According to a story released by KTLA news, two large dogs attacked three children and mauled a man trying to protect the children in Washington, D.C.  The incident was captured on video by a neighbor's surveillance camera.  The man who was mauled, Andre Hawthorne, is being hailed a hero for attempting to stop the attack on the children by getting in between.   Animal Control is reportedly still trying to locate the dogs and their owner.  

See the KTA article and video footage HERE.

What is so disturbing about this story and the video is the relentless nature of the attack.  The two large dogs follow one of the victims on top of a car and what looks like a stroller can be seen falling to the ground.  This shocking video is a testament to how violent a dog attack can be, especially when more than one dog is involved.  Other news coverage (KSDK, Channel 5) reveals that Hawthorne sustained serious bite wounds to both arms in the attack.  The dogs were described as "pit-bulls", and they had to be beaten bloody before they would release their hold on Hawthorne.   Hawthorne's injuries required sutures and both arms were heavily bandaged as a result of the attack.  Once the owner or owners of the dogs have been located, they could potentially face both criminal and civil responsibility for the attack.  Interestingly, Washington D.C. law requires that the owner of a "dangerous" dog maintain liability insurance of at least $50,000.00 for any personal injury their animal may cause.  California does not have any such requirement.

Compensation for the victims of vicious dog attacks should be an important concern for all Californians.  When a child or other victim is bitten and seriously injured, the dog’s owner should be held accountable for all of the injuries and damages suffered by the victim and their family.  An Orange County dog bite attorney with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims.  Mr. Ralph has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases, including just this type. He can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a family member been the victim of a vicious dog attack?

Nothing in this post is intended to suggest the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph currently represents anyone involved in the news story above. This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter. A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.

 

Dog Attack In Inland Empire, 3-Year-Old Victim

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 04/13/2012

On Easter Sunday, a little girl in the Inland Empire was attacked by a rottweiler-mastiff mix.  The 3-year-old girl, Hayleh Harger, received such serious bites she had to be transported by air to Loma Linda University Medical Center.  According to KTLA news, the wounds on Hayleh's head and face required 100 stitches and staples to close.  Hayleh's mother, Debra, found her daughter in the dog's mouth and is the one who rescued the 3-year-old from further harm.  The dog had apparently been brought over to the Hargers' house by a neighbor who was watching the dog for a friend.  The owner of the dog is being sought by authorities and, the animal may have to be euthanized, according to officials.

See the KTLA news story and photograph HERE.

All too often dogs attack small victims, particularly children.  When the bite or bites are to the face or head, the result can be especially devastating.  Aside from the pain of the injuries when they occur, there is sometimes the long-lasting injury to the child's emotions.  A dog attack like the one above can leave a young child physically and emotionally scarred for years.  Plastic surgery may help to erase the physical scars, but the emotional injuries may be even harder to remedy.  For these reasons, and others, dog owners are strictly (automatically) liable when their animal bites someone, regardless of whether the dog had ever bitten anyone else in the past.  While there are defenses available to the dog owner, such as assumption of the risk, the majority of the time the owner is found wholly liable for the injuries and damages to the victim.

Compensation for the victims of serious dog attacks should be an important concern for all Californians.  When a child is bitten and seriously injured, the dog’s owner should be held accountable for all of the injuries and damages suffered by the victim and their family. An Orange County dog bite lawyer with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims.  Mr. Ralph has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases, including just this type.  He can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a family member been the victim of a dog attack?

Nothing in this post is intended to suggest the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph currently represents anyone involved in the news story above. This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter. A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.

 

San Diego County Postal Dies After Dog Attack

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 03/08/2012

A postal worker in San Diego County has died after being mauled by a pit bull four days earlier.  According to KTLA news, the 59-year-old victim, Diane Jansen of Sun City, was bitten by a pit bull while on her normal route last Thursday, and she died Sunday from a stroke while at Palomar Medical Center.  Jansen was bitten by the dog on both of her legs while doing her job on Carlann Lane and E. Washington Avenue in Escondido.  The dog reportedly came from a house through an open garage door.  According to the news article, when emergency responders arrived at the scene, Jansen developed slurred speech and became unresponsive, and she was transported to the hospital where she was diagnosed with bleeding on the brain.  From there, her condition worsened, and she died four days later, from a combination of the pit bull attack and heart disease.

See the KTLA news article HERE.

This tragic incident demonstrates just how serious a dog attack can be.  When a vicious dog attacks someone with a pre-existing condition, the outcome can be devastating to the victim and their family.  In this situation, the dog owner is strictly liable for the injuries sustained and even the death.  Under California law, a dog owner is strictly liable when their animal bites someone, regardless of whether or not the owner knew the dog was vicious and even if it had bitten no one in the past.  Beyond that, if the dog bites someone particularly susceptible to injury or death, the responsibility falls on dog owner as they take the victim as they find them.  It is no excuse that perhaps the average person would not have been as badly injured or died.  So long as the dog bite was a "substantial factor" in causing the fatality, the dog owner is liable for wrongful death.  While no amount of money can return the victim to their family, the surviving family members are entitled to be compensated for the loss of the society, care, comfort, love and affection occasioned by the wrongful death.

Compensation for the victims of serious dog bites should be an important concern for all Californians.  When someone is bitten and seriously injured or killed, the dog’s owner should be held accountable for all of the injuries and damages suffered by the victim and their family.   An Orange County dog bite attorney with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims.   Mr. Ralph has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases, including just this type.  He can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a family member been the victim of a serious dog bite?

Nothing in this post is intended to suggest the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph currently represents anyone involved in the news story above. This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter. A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.

Denver News Anchor Bitten By Dog

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 02/26/2012

On February 8th,  a news anchor from Colorado was bitten by a rescued dog on live television.  The NBC news anchor, Kyle Dyer, was bitten in the face and later received 70 stitches and had her mouth stitched shut so that she could heal, according to Good Morning America/Yahoo News.  Since the incident, a plastic surgeon grafted skin from Dyer's lower lip to build her a new upper lip.  She has already undergone two procedures and this summer a plastic surgeon will decide whether she needs any more surgery.  The dog, an Argentine Mastiff name Maximus, spent time in quarantine at the Denver animal shelter but has since been returned to his family.

See the news story, video and photographs HERE.

Dog bites like the one captured on live television occur quite often and they often have devastating consequences.  Although Dyer has taken her unfortunate experience in stride, she has already undergone two medical procedures and may have to endure a third.  When all procedures are complete, it is still very likely she will have noticeable, permanent scarring.  What is perhaps most disturbing about the incident is that the owner of the dog was sitting right next to Dyer, with Max on a leash, when the bite occurred.  Had the bite occurred in California, the owner would be strictly liable for the injuries and damages Dyer sustained, perhaps subject to a reduction for Dyer's carelessness, if any.  Since the incident, some have criticized Dyer for the manner with which she rubbed the 85-pound dog under the chin while moving her face closer to kiss the dog.  

Compensation for the victims of serious dog attacks should be an important concern for all Californians.   When someone is bitten and seriously injured, the dog’s owner should be held accountable for all of the injuries and damages suffered.  An Orange County dog bite attorney with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims.  Mr. Ralph has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases, including just this type.   He can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a family member been the victim of a serious dog bite?

Nothing in this post is intended to suggest the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph currently represents anyone involved in the news story above. This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter. A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.

6-Year-Old Boy Loses Part of His Ear in Dog Attack

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 01/24/2012

This morning a Moreno Valley boy lost part of his ear after a large dog attacked him and his mother as they walked through their neighborhood.  According to the KTLA news story, the 6-year-old was walking alongside his mother who was pushing a stroller carrying her younger child at the time of the attack.  The tragic incident reportedly occurred at approximately 11:40 a.m. near the intersection of Indian Avenue and Myers Avenue.  The 120-pound dog apparently escaped from its yard and attacked the family.  The 6-year-old lost part of his ear and suffered a bite to the back of his head.  Paramedics rushed the boy to a nearby hospital for emergency medical treatment.  Following the attack, Moreno Valley Animal Control Services arrived and seized the dog, which is now subject to euthanasia.

See the KTLA story and photograph HERE.

Dog attacks like the one above happen with alarming frequency, in spite of the fact that nearly every municipality has laws in place to deter dog owners from allowing their animals out of their yards, even unintentionally.  In fact, the Moreno Valley Municipal Code (Section 10.02.080, entitled "At Large or Stray Animals") makes it unlawful  "... for the owner of any animal, other than a cat, to allow such animal to run at large within the city."  The Municipal Code also makes it a misdemeanor if the animal "inflicts injury to any human or animal, or threatens public health or safety".  In the case above, the owner of the dog may well have criminal culpability because of the injury to the little boy.  Beyond that, the boy's family has the right to bring a civil action against the owner on behalf of the 6-year-old.  Under California law, the court may allow a "guardian ad litem" to bring an action for the benefit of a minor child.  This would allow the guardian, usually a parent, to seek damages for their child, and money would be made available for medical needs, including any plastic surgery that may be required in the future.  In any case in which a settlement is reached between the parties (assuming the settlement is above $5,000.00), the court is called upon to determine whether the settlement is in the best interests of the child.  In making such a decision, the court takes into account a number of factors including the injury sustained, the medical expenses incurred, future medical needs and the pain and suffering the child has and/or will endure.

Compensation for the victims of vicious dog attacks should be an important concern for all Californians.   When an innocent child is attacked and seriously injured, the dog’s owner should be held accountable for all of the injuries and damages suffered.  An Orange County dog bite attorney with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims.  Mr. Ralph has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases, including just this type.   He can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a family member been the victim of a dog bite or attack?

Nothing in this post is intended to suggest the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph currently represents anyone involved in the news story above. This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter. A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.

 

2-Year-Old Boy Attacked By Pit Bull in Orange County

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 12/27/2011

Last night, a 2-year-old boy was attacked by a pit bull at a home in Fullerton.  According to a story in the Orange County Register, the attack left the little boy with a 7-inch cut on his head.  The unidentified boy was treated by paramedics before being transported  to a nearby hospital.  Apparently, when animal control officers arrived to look for the dog they also found marijuana being grown, and the Fullerton Police Department processed the house.   According to the Register article, the boy's mother told police she was house sitting for a friend and did not live at the location. 

See the Register article and photographs HERE.

Once again, an innocent child has fallen victim to a vicious pit bull attack.  It is nothing short of infuriating that an animal with such a reputation for aggression is allowed, unrestrained and unsupervised, in the company of a small child.  While it remains to be seen where on this boy's face the wound was inflicted, a 7-inch cut or bite wound could be disfiguring and noticeable for a lifetime.  Only a number of months, if not years, of healing and perhaps scar revision can potentially erase the physical scars, but the emotional toll may last a lifetime.  Assuming the homeowner/dog owner was covered by a policy of insurance (that did not specifically exclude coverage for pit bulls, which some policies do), this little boy would appear to be entitled to a substantial recovery, providing at least some form of compensation. 

Compensation for the victims of vicious dog attacks should be an important concern for all Californians.  When an innocent victim is attacked and seriously injured (physically and emotionally), the dog’s owner should be held accountable for all of the injuries and damages suffered.  An Orange County injury attorney with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims.  Mr. Ralph has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases, including just this type.  He can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a family member been a victim of a dog bite or attack?

Nothing in this post is intended to suggest the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph currently represents anyone involved in the news story above. This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter. A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.

Pit Bulls Maul Two Runners

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 11/29/2011

This past Sunday afternoon two runners in San Diego County were attacked by what has been described as a pack of pit bulls.  One of the runners reportedly lost chunks from his legs during the vicious mauling.  According to a story reported by the Associated Press,  the most seriously injured victim, 21-year-old Richard Garritson, underwent surgery to close the wounds to his legs.  His younger brother, John Garritson, tried to fend the dogs off with a stick and was also attacked by at least eight dogs.  Four of the dogs were put down at the owner's request, but the County Sheriff's Department is still considering whether to press criminal charges.   

See the AP/Yahoo News story HERE.

Dog attacks like the one above are both tragic and frustrating.  Large breed dogs, especially those with the reputation of pit bulls, should be confined by a fence or tethered unless the owner is otherwise under control.  The County of San Diego actually has ordinances intended to impose on dog owners a certain level of control and/or confinement over their animals.  A failure to keep dogs from roaming at large, as apparently happened in the case above, may result in a criminal charge against the owner.  (See San Diego County Code, Sec. 62.669. Restraint of Dogs Required).  Aside from criminal culpability, the owner of the pit bulls involved in the attack above face civil liability under California's dog bite law.  Under the Civil Code Section 3342, a dog owner is strictly liable if their dog bites and injures someone, regardless of whether or not the dog was known to have a vicious propensity.  While there are defenses available to the dog owner, much more often than not the owner (or their homeowner's insurance carrier) will be obligated to pay for all of the injuries and damages caused when their dog bites.  Imposing this civil obligation on dog owners is one more way of trying to ensure compliance with dog restraint laws.

Compensation for the victims of vicious dog attacks should be an important concern for all Californians.  When an innocent victim is attacked and seriously injured or killed, the dog’s owner should be held accountable for all of the injuries and damages suffered. An Orange County injury lawyer with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims. Mr. Ralph has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases, including just this type.  He can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a family member been a victim of a dog attack?

Nothing in this post is intended to suggest the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph currently represents anyone involved in the news story above. This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter. A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.

Former Fire Chief Attacked By Pit Bulls

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 10/14/2011

Early Monday morning a former fire chief with the City of Compton was attacked by two vicious pit bulls while he was out for his walk in Glendora.  The former chief, 67-year-old Milford Fonza, had been out for his usual morninig walk when the dogs attacked.  He tried to defend himself with his walking stick, but it broke during the attack.  A Glendora police officer on routine patrol heard Fonza's screams for help.  Using his patrol car, the officer intentionally ran into one of the dogs, but still had to shoot the other pit bull to stop the attack.  That dog died of its wounds, and the dog that had been run over was taken from the scene for medical treatment.  According to the KTLA news story, it is unclear if the owner of the dogs has been identified.  The police officer, Matt Fenner, and Fonza have since reunited to talk about this life threatening incident, and the officers heroic actions.

See the KTLA news story, photos and video HERE.  

There can be little doubt the owner or owners of theses vicious pit bulls would be civilly liable for the injuries and damages sustained by Fonza during the attack.  From the news report, it appears he suffered a number of bites, puncture wounds and either a broken or dislocated shoulder, injuries from which an elderly victim will not soon recover.  All of this tragic event could have been avoided if the owner(s) of the dogs had just kept them under their control.  Under California law, a dog owner is strictly liable when their animal attacks and bites a victim, regardless of whether the dog has any known propensity to attack.  This is true whether the attack happens on the dog owner's property or in a public place.  The only defenses in situations like the one here generally have to do with whether or not the victim did something to provoke the attack or assumed the risk of injury in some fashion, neither of which appear to have occurred here.

Compensation for the victims of vicious dog attacks should be an important concern for all Californians.  When an innocent victim is attacked and seriously injured or killed, the dog’s owner should be held accountable for all of the injuries and damages suffered. An Orange County dog bite lawyer with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims.  Mr. Ralph has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases, including just this type.   Mr. Ralph can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a family member been a victim of a dog attack?

Nothing in this post is intended to suggest the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph currently represents anyone involved in the news story above.  This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter. A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.

Dog Attack Leaves Two Young Girls Badly Injured

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 08/24/2011

A dog described as a pit-bull mix bit two young girls last night in Coachella, leaving one with serious wounds.  According to a story in the Press Enterprise, the dog later attacked police officers who responded to the scene, one of whom fatally shot the dog.  The dog attack happened at about 9:45 p.m. near a shopping center along 48th Avenue east of Jackson Street.  The two girls, ages 9 and 12, were apparently walking along the south sidewalk of 48th Avenue when the attack occurred.  The 12-year-old girl, reportedly from Coachella, suffered a serious leg wound, and her younger companion suffered minor injuries.  It was when the police officers attempted to contain the dog, while awaiting the arrival of animal control, that the dog attacked them and had to be shot.  

See the Press Enterprise story HERE.

Dog bites like this occur all too frequently and often involve small children.  It is not surprising this attack involved a pit-bull mix as the breed has a reputation for being vicious and statistics support that fact as well.  Of the fatal bites reported across the country, occurring over a number of years, pit-bulls were more than three times as likely as the next most dangerous breed to cause a fatal attack.  Consequently, many homeowner's insurance carriers will not provide coverage for a pit-bull in the event of an attack. The dog owner, under that scenario, would then be exposed to individual liability for the injuries and damages caused.  In the news story above, it is unknown whether an owner has been identified and whether the dog had been allowed to roam or whether it had somehow escaped a leash or enclosure.  In either case, absent very unusual circumstances not apparent here, the dog owner would be strictly liable for the injuries sustained by these two young girls.  

Compensation for the victims of vicious dog attacks should be an important concern for all Californians. When a victim is attacked and seriously injured or killed, the dog’s owner should be held accountable for all of the injuries and damages sustained. An Orange County dog bite attorney with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims. Mr. Ralph has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases, including just this type.  Mr. Ralph can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a family member been a victim of a dog attack?

Nothing in this post is intended to suggest the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph currently represents anyone involved in the news story above. This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter. A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.

 

Pregnant Woman Attacked and Killed By Pit Bull

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 08/12/2011

A young pregnant woman was found dead in her Pacifica home Thursday afternoon from an apparent attack by a pit bull.  According to a report by KTLA news, the victim, 32 year-old Darla Norpa, was found unresponsive by her husband who arrived home from work at around noon.  One of the family's two pit bulls was near Norpa's body, covered in blood.  The second dog was discovered cowering in a corner of the home.  When emergency personnel arrived on scene the bloodied dog, Gunner, approached them in the front yard and was then shot three times by officers.   According to a spokesperson for the Peninsula Human Society, he had not seen anything like this in his 13 years with the society.

See the full KTLA story and photograph HERE.

The above story is a stark reminder of the danger posed by vicious dogs, especially when they possess the power and the bite of a pit bull.  This particular breed is notorious for causing serious injuries and death because of its aggression and propensity for locking on to its victims during an attack.  In fact, pit bulls have been involved in more fatal human attacks than any other breed of dog.  

As for dog bites in general, according to the Centers for Disease Control,  aggressive dogs pose a significant health and safety issue:

  • About 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year.
  • Almost one in five of those who are bitten :a total of 885,000: require medical attention for dog bite-related injuries.
  • In 2006, more than 31,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery as a result of being bitten by dogs.

See the official CDC website.

Compensation for the victims of vicious dog attacks should be an important concern for all Californians. When a victim is attacked and seriously injured or killed, the dog’s owner should be held accountable for all of the injuries and damages sustained. An Orange County personal injury attorney with experience at handling such dog bite cases can make a fair assessment of these claims. Mr. Ralph has more than 20 years of experience handling injury cases, including just this type. Mr. Ralph can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a family member been a victim of a dog attack?

Nothing in this post is intended to suggest the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph currently represents anyone involved in the news story above. This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter. A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.

 

Elderly San Diego Woman Badly Mauled By Neighbor’s Pit Bulls

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 07/10/2011

A 75 year-old woman, Emako Mendoza, was reportedly attacked by her neighbor’s pit bulls on Saturday while outside getting her morning newspaper.   According to an ABC news report, Mendoza was taken to Scripps Mercy Hospital in serious condition following the attack.  She apparently suffered injuries to her body, arms and legs.  According to the report, the pit bulls, which belonged to a neighbor, got into the victim’s yard through a hole in the fence.   Mendoza’s husband, James Mendoza, said his wife may lose her leg and may lose an arm.  The dogs have been euthanized.

See the ABC story and photo HERE.

Once again, a pit bull attack takes center stage in the news.  Unfortunately, when such a dog bites someone the injuries are often devastating, especially when compared to other dog attacks.  This breed of dog is known for latching on to its victim and not letting go until flesh and underlying tissue are badly torn.  In the case above, that is apparently what happened, and it remains to be seen whether Mendoza’s limbs can be saved.   Presumably, every effort will be made to save her from an amputation, and doctors may have to perform multiple procedures in order to maintain the viability of the victim’s arm and leg.  No one, especially not an elderly woman simply picking up her morning paper, should have to suffer such a life-altering tragedy through no fault of her own.  The owners of these pit bulls, absent extraordinary circumstances, will likely be held liable for the injuries and damages caused by their animals.

Compensation for the victims of vicious dog attacks should be an important concern for all Californians.  When a victim is attacked and seriously injured, the dog’s owner should be held accountable for all of the injuries and damages sustained.  An Orange County personal injury attorney with experience at handling such dog bite cases can make a fair assessment of these claims.  Mr. Ralph has more than 20 years of experience handling injury cases, including just this type.  Mr. Ralph can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a family member been a victim of a dog attack?

  • Nothing in this post is intended to suggest the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph currently represents anyone involved in the news story above.  This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter.  A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.

Pitbull Attack Leaves 7 Year-Old Severely Injured and Her Family Needing Help

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 07/10/2011

A 7 year-old girl, Shay Sisson, was attacked and her face mauled by a neighbor’s pitbull in Simi Valley.  According to KTLA News, the attack occurred on April 25th and after weeks of recovery, Shay’s scars are still healing and her medical bills are piling up.  The Sisson family has indicated some of the surgeries that Shay will need in the future are not covered by insurance because they are considered “cosmetic” in nature.  Those interested in helping this little girl and her family can email Brandi Hitt at: Brandi.hitt@ktla.com.

See the KTLA story, photographs and video HERE.

The owners of the pitbull that attacked Shay, absent extraordinary circumstances, are liable for all of the injuries and damages occasioned by the attack.  This includes the cost of future surgery as well as the pain, discomfort and scarring associated with any subsequent procedures.  Any civil claim brought on behalf of Shay, presumably by an adult family member, can only be resolved with the court’s approval, to ensure any such settlement was in the best interests of the child.  However, injuries like those depicted in the KTLA photographs carry a substantial value, and it is unknown whether the neighbor’s homeowner’s insurance would be sufficient to fully compensate Shay for all that she has gone through and will need in the way of further medical care.

Compensation for the victims of serious dog bites should be an important concern for all Californians.  When a victim is attacked and badly injured, the dog’s owner should be held accountable for all of the injuries and damages sustained.  An Orange County personal injury attorney with experience at handling such dog bite cases can make a fair assessment of these claims.  Mr. Ralph has 20 years of experience handling injury cases, including just this type.  Mr. Ralph can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a family member been a victim of a dog attack?

  • Nothing in this post is intended to suggest the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph currently represents anyone involved in the news story above.  This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter.  A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.

Dogs Maul Three Victims in Wilmington

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 06/03/2011

According to a KTLA news report, a pit bull mix and a boxer mix are in the custody of animal control officials after severely mauling a 71-year-old woman and two men at a park in Wilmington yesterday.  The attacks happened near Wilmington Park Elementary School on the 1100 block on Coli Avenue shortly after students were dismissed for the day.  Alfredo Ramos, 35, and his 71-year-old mother-in-law, Rita Torres, said they were attacked by the two dogs as they were returning home from picking up his son and another child from the school.  The two dogs, a male pit bull terrier and Akita mix and a boxer and American bulldog mix, were reportedly roaming free on the sidewalk at the time of the attack.  The dogs then ran to a nearby park where they apparently attacked another man sitting on a park bench.

See the full KTLA story and photos HERE.

Under California law, a dog owner is strictly liable when their animal attacks someone, whether the attack occurs on or off the owner's property.  In other words, dog owners are liable for attacks even if they were not negligent.  In this regard, California Civil Code Section 3342, provides in part:

The owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner's knowledge of such viciousness. A person is lawfully upon the private property of such owner ...when he is on such property in the performance of any duty imposed upon him by the laws of this state or by the laws or postal regulations of the United States, or when he is on such property upon the invitation, express or implied, of the owner...

In spite of this statute, a dog owner may defend a dog bite claim on the grounds that the victim assumed the risk of injury by provoking the attack or was somehow comparatively negligent in their conduct.  In the story above, there is no suggestion any of the victims provoked these vicious attacks or in some way assumed the risk of their injuries.

Compensation for the victims of serious or fatal dog bites is an important concern for all Californians.  When a victim is attacked and badly injured or even killed, the dog’s owner should be held accountable for any injuries and damages sustained.  An Orange County personal injury attorney with experience at handling such dog bite cases can make a fair assessment of these claims.  Mr. Ralph has 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases, including just this type.  Mr. Ralph can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a family member been a victim of a dog bite?

  • Nothing in this post is intended to suggest the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph currently represents anyone involved in the news story above.  This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter.  A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.

 

Pit Bull Attacks Baby - Heroes Recognized

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 06/03/2011

The Associated Press reported today that a 9-year-old boy and a Time Warner cable employee have been honored for their quick actions after a pit bull attacked a 3-month-old baby inside an upstate New York home last month. The Saugerties Town Board on Wednesday presented awards to Skyler Sprague and 33-year-old Dave Dargan for their bravery during the attack at the home of the woman babysitting the infant, Jordan Bonelli.  A pit bull belonging to the babysitter's son attacked the babysitter as she held the infant just as Dargan arrived for a routine call. Dargan jumped on the dog and held it down while Skyler called 911.  Police soon arrived and fatally shot the dog.

Jordan was hospitalized for serious bite wounds, but his mother told the Daily Freeman of Kingston that her son is expected to make a full recovery. See the full story HERE.

If this attack had occurred here in California, the owner of the pit bull would be strictly liable for the injuries sustained by little Jordan.  California's dog bite statute, Civil Code Section 3342, has been recognized as imposing a duty of care on every dog owner to prevent his or her dog from biting persons in a public place or lawfully in a private place.  Under the statute, the owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner's knowledge of such viciousness.  Simply stated, the statute is designed “to prevent dogs from becoming a hazard to the community” by holding dog owners to such a standard of care, and assigning strict liability for its breach.

Compensation for the victims of serious or fatal dog bites is an important concern for all Californians.  When a victim is attacked and badly injured or even killed, the dog’s owner should be held accountable for any injuries and damages suffered.  An Orange County personal injury attorney with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims.  Mr. Ralph has 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases, including just this type.  Mr. Ralph can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a family member been a victim of a dog bite?

  • Nothing in this post is intended to suggest the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph currently represents anyone involved in the news story above.  This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter.  A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.

 

Elderly Woman in Moreno Valley Attacked by Pit Bull

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 06/03/2011

According to a story in the Press Enterprise, an 85-year-old Moreno Valley woman had surgery last Friday afternoon to repair injuries she suffered when she was attacked by a neighbor's pit bull.  Citing authorities, the story indicated the neighbors identified the woman as Barbara Plunk.  They described her as a widow who loves to tend her garden and owns a bulldog.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department did not release any details about the attack on Friday, and there didn't appear to be any witnesses.

Medics sent to Plunk's home, after a call from her daughter, found that she had been attacked by a dog.  She was taken to Riverside County Regional Medical Center where she had surgery for injuries to her torso and arms.  Animal control officers quarantined the dog.  Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call Investigator Ed Rose at the Moreno Valley Police Department, 951-247-8700.

See the full story at:  http://www.pe.com/localnews/stories/PE_News_Local_D_wmaul22.d96156a3.html

Compensation for the victims of serious or fatal dog bites is an important concern for all Californians.  When a victim is attacked and badly injured or even killed, the dog’s owner should be held accountable for any injuries and damages suffered.  An Orange County trial lawyer with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims.  Mr. Ralph has more than 19 years of experience handling personal injury cases, including just this type.  Mr. Ralph can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a family member been a victim of a dog bite?

  • Nothing in this post is intended to suggest the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph currently represents anyone involved in the news story above.  This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter.  A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.

Dog Attack Claims Life of Murrieta Man

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 06/03/2011

According to news reports, a 67 year old man died Sunday from injuries he suffered when the family dog mauled him October 14th, at his nephew's home in Murrieta. Edward Mitchell reportedly dropped something in the backyard and then struggled over the object with the dog, which became aggressive.  The dog apparently lunged for Mr. Mitchell's neck and also attacked his arm and groin.  According to a family member, she had to tranquilize the dog twice as it charged at police officers.  There may have been a history of someone playing roughly with the dog, she said.  Paramedics treated Mr. Mitchell at the home for severe bleeding and a bite to the neck, Murrieta police Lt. Dennis Vrooman told reporters.  Mr. Mitchell was admitted to a convalescent home for follow-up care, and later returned to the home, where he died Sunday.  The dog was euthanized just after the attack.

http://www.pe.com/localnews/stories/pit_bull_attack.13c45023.html

While this particular dog may have had a history of showing a vicious propensity, the law does not require such evidence before imposing liability on the dog owner.  In California, a dog owner is liable the first time it bites someone, and no evidence of negligence need be presented. This is known as "strict liability".  Defenses can be raised on behalf of the dog owner, however, such as the negligence of the dog bite victim.  Any comparative negligence on the part of the victim can be used to offset the liability of the dog owner, but such defenses are rarely utilized or successful.  In the case above, the owner of the dog (presumably the victim's nephew) would be liable for the attack and the death of Mr. Mitchell.  While the precise circumstances still need to be determined, it would appear the victim was simply in the back yard trying to recover something he inadvertently dropped.  It would not seem likely Mr. Mitchell could be faulted much, if at all, for what occurred.  His surviving family members likely possess a valid claim for wrongful death, assuming the victim was not the dog's owner.

Compensation for the victims of serious or fatal dog bites is an important concern for all Californians.  When a victim is attacked and badly injured or even killed, the dog’s owner should be held accountable for any injuries and damages suffered.  An Orange County trial lawyer with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims.  Mr. Ralph has more than 19 years of experience handling personal injury cases, including just this type.  Mr. Ralph can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a family member been a victim of a dog bite?

  • Nothing in this post is intended to suggest the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph currently represents anyone involved in the news story above.  This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter.  A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.

Dogs Maul and Kill Woman in Moreno Valley

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 06/03/2011

On November 2, 2010, a 53 year-old woman was found dead behind her home in Moreno Valley.  It was later determined that a neighbor's dogs, pit bull mixes, were responsible.  Forensic analysis revealed Christina Casey had died from dog bites to her throat and body.

According to news reports, Ms. Casey was in the process of moving from her home partly because the dogs repeatedly broke through her fence.  Because of the nature and severity of the attack, the dogs were euthanized earlier this week.  Investigators are planning to present the case to the Riverside County district attorney's office, seeking involuntary manslaughter or neglect charges against the owner, whose name has not been released.  Police say the owner has been cooperative in the investigation.

While fatal dog attacks are rare, this case does demonstrate the power of a dog's bite, particularly in the larger breeds.  Pit bulls are known for their ferocity and the power of their bite.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, Rottweilers were responsible for half of dog bite related fatalities during the study between 1993 through 1996.  Pit bull-type dogs were reportedly responsible for 1/3 of such fatalities over a twelve year period.  These two breeds and their mixes are reportedly the top two on the list of the most dangerous dogs.  Together, these two breeds were involved in 60% of human dog bite related fatalities.

Compensation for the victims of serious or fatal dog bites is an important concern for all Californians.  When a victim is attacked and badly injured or even killed, the dog's owner should be held accountable for any injuries and damages suffered.  An Orange County trial lawyer with experience at handling such cases can make a fair assessment of these claims.  Mr. Ralph has more than 19 years of experience handling personal injury cases, including just this type.  Mr. Ralph can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.

Have you or a family member been a victim of a dog bite?

  • Nothing in this post is intended to suggest the Law Offices of Paul W. Ralph currently represents anyone involved in the news story above.  This posting should not be construed as legal advice or an opinion on the merit of any particular matter.  A consultation is the best way to obtain an assessment of your potential case.

Owners Are Strictly Liable When Their Dogs Attack

Posted by: Paul Ralph Posted Date: 06/03/2011

According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 800,000 Americans seek medical attention for dog bites each year.  About half of the victims are children.  Of those injured, 386,000 require treatment in an emergency department and sadly about 16 die from their injuries.

http://www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/Dog-Bites/dogbite-factsheet.html

Amazingly, there are people out there in the world who train their dogs to attack and use their animals as weapons.  Just last week, Dale Franklin Wensinger, was sentenced in an Orange County courtroom to 19 years and four months in prison for assault and using his dogs to make criminal threats.  While his civil liability for the injuries he caused is clear, most cases do not involve intentional harm or even negligently caused injuries.

Dog bites occur everyday in California and often the consequences are lifelong.  The emotional and physical scars can remain long after the attack and are a constant reminder to the victim of the horrific incident.  Because of this, in California, dog bite legislation protects the injured party and provides for compensation even where the dog owner was not negligent.  This legal principle is known as strict liability, and it applies regardless of whether the pet owner knew or should have known of their dog's propensity to bite.  The statute was not designed merely to prevent dogs from doing harm while they rove, but to prevent dogs from becoming a hazard to the community.  In short, so long as the victim was not solely responsible for provoking the attack, the dog owner will be liable for the injuries and damages sustained.

On occasion, it will not be just the owner of the dog who has the civil responsibility under California law.  The keeper of a dog with known vicious propensities may be held liable if an animal under their control bites and injures an innocent victim.  For example, if someone agrees to keep their family member's pitbull (with a history of attacks) on their property for some reason, the property owner (as well as the dog owner) may be held liable. Dog bite victims are entitled to reimbursement for medical expenses, lost wages and compensation for their pain and suffering.  An experienced trial lawyer can best evaluate the legal remedies and damage awards available.  If you or a loved one was injured by a dog attack, you may wish to consider contacting Mr. Ralph's office for a free consultation.

Does the strict liability law in California make sense?  Do you think it adequately protects victims?

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