At about 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, a pit bull fatally attacked a woman in Stockton. Authorities found the woman unresponsive in the driveway of a residence on North Lillian Avenue near East Fremont Street. According to the neighbor, the dog had a history of aggressive behavior. Officials with the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department are investigating the mauling.
“When a dog fatally harms a person, the family of the victim may pursue a wrongful death claim against the owner of the animal,” according to California dog bite lawyer James Ballidis.
Every year, more than 4.7 million people become the victims of dog attacks in the United States. These incidents cause 800,000 people to seek medical attention, with half of the victims being children. Of those requiring medical treatment, 386,000 visit an emergency department and 16 die, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the woman who was fatally attacked by the pit bull.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Stockton mauling.
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