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3-Year-Old Bitten By Rattlesnake At The Canyon Rim Children’s Center In San Diego

Oct 6, 2018

Toddler Injured By Rattlesnake Bite In Allied Gardens at the Canyon Rim Children’s Center Located In San Diego

 SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (October 6, 2018) A three-year-old was hospitalized after he was bitten by a rattlesnake near the fence of the Canyon Rim Children’s Center on Friday.

San Diego police are saying that the attack took place on Friday and that the child was bitten on the finger by a baby rattlesnake.  Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the scene of the Canyon Rim Children’s Center in order to treat the child for their injuries.

A neighbor told reporters that rattlesnake bites are common in the area. They also said that the Canyon Rim Children’s Center normally does a good job of checking the fences for snakes.

Baby rattlesnakes can often be more dangerous than adults. They are unable to control the amount of venom that they release after their bite.

The child that was bitten at the Canyon Rim Children’s Center was kept at the hospital overnight for observation.  An investigation into the accident remains ongoing.

What To Do If You’re Bitten By A Rattlesnake

Rattlesnake bites can be extremely painful and may even lead to a permanent loss of limb function or death. According to Wilderness and Internal Medicine, there were around 3,000 snake bites annually between 2001 to 2004. Of all the snakebites that took place rattlesnakes by far were the most common. It has been estimated that 69% of victims suffered from rattlesnake bites. In many situations the victim may be walking in tall grass and not even realize there is a snake nearby. If you are attacked by a rattlesnake there are a number of steps that you should take (and not take) in order to remain safe:

  • Remain calm and call 9-1-1.

  • Remove any pieces of clothing or jewelry that could constrict the bite area. The wound around the bite is likely to swell considerably.

  • Keep the area of the bite lower than your heart level.

  • You should not apply a tourniquet, heat or ice to the bite wound.

  • Don’t try to suck the venom out.

  • Don’t cut the area with a razer.

If possible you may want to take a picture of the snake if this can be done safely. Doctors can give you better treatment if they are able to identify the snake species. Victims of rattlesnake bites may be able to file a claim for damages if the attack took place at a business.

Liability In Rattlesnake Bites

Property owners have a responsibility to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe manner in order to keep guests safe. This is all the more necessary when the primary guests at a business are children. Children are often prone to injury and ailments that adults may not be. The need to keep guests safe may even extend to warnings or protection from wild animals. Based on the common law doctrine of ferae naturae, property owners will typically not be strictly liable for any wild animal attacks that occur on their property.

However, when there is a known risk posed by a specific animal species at a business location this may require property owners to take reasonable measures to protect guests. In particular, rattlesnake bites are fairly common in the Allied Gardens section of San Diego. This is why a number of daycares check their fences every morning looking for rattlesnakes. When a business does an inadequate job of protecting guests they may face civil liability for any injuries that occur. A premises liability attorney can examine the facts of your case and let you know what your rights are.

Getting Help After A Rattlesnake Bite

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to the family of the three year old that was injured by this rattlesnake at the Canyon Rim Children’s Center. This is not the first time this has happened. Another child was bitten by a rattlesnake at a San Diego daycare last month. This is completely unacceptable. Such bites could very well be lethal to children so small. There needs to be some accountability for what has happened. We sincerely hope that this daycare and others in the area will take additional measures to help keep children safe.

If you or someone that you love has been bitten by a rattlesnake at a business you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help you with whatever you need. We will fight hard to get you compensation and the best medical treatment for your injuries. We are extremely proud to have recovered over 1 billion dollars for our deserving clients. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are looking to hire an attorney we are always here for you. You can reach us anytime at (888) 888-9285.


  1. Mark Saunders. 3-year-old boy rushed to hospital after rattlesnake bite in Allied Gardens. October 5, 2018.

  2. Mary Elizabeth O’Neil. Snakebite Injuries Treated in United States Emergency Departments, 2001–2004. 2007

  3. Amy L. Lions, Tigers, and Bears, Oh My! Wild Animal Attacks and Personal Injury Liability in California. 2013.

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