On Friday, May 10, a pit bull attacked and injured a teenage girl in Corona. The pit bull escaped from its owner’s back yard near the area of Morales Way and Honors Lane and attacked the 15-year-old girl as she walked her dog. She suffered trauma to her arms and ear and was taken to an area hospital. Corona animal control officers impounded the pit bull, which was unlicensed; its owner had no proof of vaccination. Authorities are investigating the mauling.
“When a dog attacks and harms others, its owner may be held liable for the expense of the victims’ recoveries,” explained California dog bite lawyer James Ballidis, “such as for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.”
California Civil Code Section 3342 indicates that the owner of any dog that bites a person while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, may be held liable for the victim’s damages, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the teenage girl who the pit bull attacked and injured.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Corona dog attack.
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