77-Year-Old Woman Attacked and Bitten By Dogs While Walking In Riverside By La Sierra University Campus
RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA (October 3, 2018) A 77-year-old woman from Riverside is recovering after she was attacked by two Italian Mastiff dogs while she was walking in the morning around College Avenue and Norwood Avenue.
Riverside police are saying that the woman was attacked around 8:00 a.m. She was pinned up against a fence by the two dogs and suffered bite wounds to her hip and neck.
The unidentified woman was able to break loose from the two dogs and run to get help. Police are saying that the two dogs ran back onto their owners property after biting the victim.
The victim was taken to the Riverside hospital in order to receive treatment for the dog bites. Animal control were called to the scene and confiscated the two dogs and their puppies.
A public hearing will be held in order to determine whether the dogs will be humanely euthanized following the attack. The owner may also be able to get them back on the condition that they are properly secured in the yard.
An investigation into the dog attack remains ongoing at this time.
Treatment For Dog Bites
Tens of millions of people have dogs across the United States. Another 4.7 million americans are injured every year in dog bites. Children and senior citizens remain the most at risk. It has been estimated the nearly half of the dog bites that occur happen with children ages 5 to 9. There are a number of steps that you should take after a dog bite in order to stay safe:
Wash the area of the bite with soap and water. There are many bacteria in dogs’ mouths.
Place a towel over the area to stop the bleeding.
Apply a clean bandage over the wound.
An antibiotic ointment can help kill off harmful bacteria.
Seek medical care as soon as possible. Be prepared to let the doctor know about the dog that bite you and whether it was up to date on its shots. An health conditions you have may also affect treatment.
Severe dog bite victims may need surgery and even skin grafts. These can be very costly and the wounds can be very painful. Victims may be able to receive compensation after the attack by hiring a personal injury attorney.
Liability In Dog Attacks
Dog owners in California are strictly liable for any injuries that their dogs cause. A dog does not have to be labeled dangerous in order for the owner to be responsible. As long as the victim of a dog bite was lawfully in a public or private place when the attack occurred the owner will typically be responsible. Dog owners have a responsibility to make sure that their animal is properly secured. But often times dogs are able to break free and then attack someone. Any victim of a dog attack in California may have the ability to file a personal injury claim in order to recover money for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. An experienced Los Angeles dog bite injury lawyer can examine the facts of your case and let you know what your rights are.
Getting Help After A Dog Bite
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to the Riverside woman who was injured in this dog attack. There needs to be some accountability for what has happened. Those two dogs need to be properly secured so that they don’t injure another person. This should never have happened in the first place. Anyone that may have seen what happened should reach out to investigators for the sake of the victim.
If you or someone that you care about has been bitten by a loose dog you may be entitled to compensation. Our team of expert personal injury attorneys can take steps to preserve your rights and make sure you are taken care of after an attack. We are proud to have recovered over 1 billion for our deserving clients. You owe us nothing if we don’t win your case. Call us today for a risk free consultation about your case (888) 888-9285.
- City News Service. 77-Year-Old Attacked by Dogs on Morning Walk in Riverside. October 1, 2018.
- Dani Alexis Ryskamp. California Dog Bite Injury Laws & Owner Liability Rules. 2018
- Web MD Staff. Dog Bites. 2018