At about 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 12th, a woman was injured in a pit bull attack in Gilroy. The incident occurred in the parking lot of a Starbucks when a pit bull attacked a smaller dog and its owner attempted to intervene. She was bitten on the arm and transported to a local hospital to receive medical attention. Due to the severity of the smaller dog’s injuries, it was euthanized. The owner of the pit bull fled the scene. Authorities impounded the dog, which has a microchip, and are searching for its owner.
“Under California law, the owner of a dog that causes harm to others may be held liable for the cost of their recovery,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis, “including for medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering.”
Every year, dogs bite more than 4.7 million people in the United States, 800,000 of whom seek medical attention. Of those hurt in attacks, 386,000 are admitted to emergency rooms and 16 do not survive their injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A study cited by the Gilroy Dispatch indicates that about 33 percent of dog bite-related fatalities are attributable to pit bulls.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the woman who was injured in the pit bull attack. We would also like to offer our condolences to her for the loss of her dog.
Additional information on state laws concerning dog attacks and the personal injury claims process is available to the public free of charge through our office.
If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.