On Easter Sunday, a pit bull mastiff attacked and seriously injured 3-year-old Hayleh Harger in Victorville. The mauling occurred when a neighbor brought the dog to the Harger residence. She was transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center, where she received 100 stitches and staples in her head. The dog is in the possession of the Devore Animal Shelter, and its owner has not been located.
“Under California law, when a dog attacks and causes harm to a person, the owner may be held liable for the victim’s injury-related expenses,” explained California personal injury attorney James Ballidis.
Annually, 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs, with nearly one in five requiring medical attention for their injuries. Children are especially susceptible to attacks, with the incidence of trauma from dog bites the highest among those aged 5 to 9 years. Fortunately, attacks among this age group have been declining in recent years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to Hayleh Harger, the child who was attacked by the pit bull mastiff and seriously injured on Easter.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Victorville mauling.
Resources the victims of dog attacks and their families, including books and articles on the process of filing a claim for compensation for expenses incurred while recovering from the injuries, are available to the public free of charge.
If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California personal injury attorney, feel free to call 866-981-5596.