According to a report by
KTVU.com, on October 11, a six-year-old boy experienced a serious dog attack at
a Discovery Bay residence.
Around 7:30 p.m. on the night of the dog attack, a resident of a home on
Amesbury Court called Contra Costa County Animal Services to report that
a child sustained a serious dog bite wound to the face.
The child victim underwent immediate surgery at Children’s Hospital
The involved dog was a brown Chesapeake Bay retriever that did not have
any history of violence previous to this incident. The owner – a
family friend or relative – was not present at the time of the attack.
Animal Services personnel placed the dog in rabies quarantine.
At the time the report was made, the boy was recovering from surgery and
the investigation of the attack was ongoing.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of people in the United States suffer
injuries or even fatalities from dog attacks. Children make up the majority
of dog bite victims at 60 percent. The more severe injuries sustained
in dog bite incidents include lacerations, bone and nerve damage, and
California Civil Code Section 3342 states: “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.”
If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog attack, you may be entitled
to compensation from the dog’s owner. For many years, the experienced
dog bite attorneys at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP have helped clients
get what they need to cover damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages,
pain and suffering, and more. To get started on the road to recovery today,
contact us today.