Two-Year-Old Girl Injured In San Ramon Dog Bite Attack At The Mill Creek Hollow Park
SAN RAMON, CALIFORNIA (May 2, 2019) – A two-year-old girl was seriously injured after being bitten in the face by a pit-bull/beagle mix named Harry at the San Ramon at Mill Creek Hollow Park.
San Ramon police are saying that the dog was on a leash at the time of the attack. The dog was apparently playing fetch when the toddler reached down and picked up a ball he was playing with.
The dog lunged at the girl and bit her in the face. Paramedics arrived at the at Mill Creek Hollow Park in order to treat the victim.
She was transported to the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland where she underwent surgery. One person who frequently visits the San Ramon Mill Creek Hollow Park says she is not surprised.
There are many irresponsible dog owners and it’s not uncommon to see dogs off-leash. Investigators are saying that the dog was a rescue from the Camp Fire in Butte County.
Liability In Dog Attacks
According to one report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “approximately 4.7 million dog bites occur in the United States each year, and 800,000 of those bites result in medical care. The U.S. population is approximately 325.7 million people as of 2017. That means a dog bites 1 out of every 69 people.” Victims are often left with serious and costly injuries. Even moderate injuries cost nearly $35,000 for medical care. Depending on the circumstances of a dog bite, a dog owner may face civil liability.
California is a “strict liability” state when it comes to injuries caused by dogs. According to the California Civil Code 3342, “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 within the meaning of this section 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.”
As long as the victim was lawfully in a public area like a park during the attack the owner of the dog will be held legally responsible. There are, however, exceptions to this general rule per the statute. Based on subsection (b), “Nothing in this section shall authorize the bringing of an action pursuant to subdivision (a) against any governmental agency using a dog in military or police work if the bite or bites occurred while the dog was defending itself from an annoying, harassing, or provoking act.”
Any person that is injured in a dog attack will typically be able to recover damages for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. An dog bite injury attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your rights are. It’s important to be proactive after a dog bite. For example, there are statute of limitations associated with being able to file a claim. Failure to seek help within the statute of limitations may result in a permanent forfeiture of your rights.
Getting Help After A Dog Bite
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to the young girl that was injured in this dog attack at the San Ramon Mill Creek Hollow Park. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to authorities as they continue to investigate. It is so important that dog owners remain vigilant and keep their animals in their sights at the park.
If you or someone that you love has been injured in a dog attack there are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We are committed to getting dog bite victims the medical and financial support that they deserve. Whether you need assistance after a dog bite or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.