String of Dog Bite Attacks in Southern California Claims Another Life

Belgian Shepherd biting a body bite suit against white backgroundThe death of a toddler after a dog bite attack on Thursday evening, May 27, brought the total of Southern California dog attacks on children to six in just as many months of 2010, with two of those attacks ending in fatality.

In the latest incident, a family pit bull mauled a 2-year old toddler while he played in the backyard of the family’s home in San Bernardino. The 2-year old suffered extensive head and neck wounds. He passed away approximately six hours later at the Loma Linda University Medical Center. The reason or provocation for the mauling is unknown.

The first fatality from a dog attack in Southern California was in January when a family pit bull attacked a 3-year old. In February, a pack of dogs attacked three children in Fontana, seriously injuring all three. In April, a friend’s dog attacked a six-month old boy in Riverside County as he sat in a child carrier at the home of his mother’s friends.

The San Bernardino dog bite lawyers at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas remind you that California has a dog bite statute. California Civil Code Section 3342 places strict liability on the animal’s owner. This means that whether a dog bite occurred in a public place or when the victim was lawfully on private property, the dog’s owner is responsible for any damages that arise out of the attack.

If you or an immediate family member sustained injuries in an animal attack and have questions about your legal rights, feel free to contact The Law Offices of Samer Habbas for a free consultation. These personal injury attorneys represent dog bite victims in San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Orange County and Riverside. They will explain the law and your legal options in clear, simple terms so that you and your family can make informed decisions about proceeding with a legal claim against the dog’s owner.

To contact these San Bernardino dog bite lawyers, you can fill out the contact form here or you can call 888.848.5084. To ensure that you don’t miss any deadlines that will preclude your right to recovery of damages, it is always prudent to retain legal counsel sooner than later.

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