Jim Grant was injured in a pit bull attack that took place on June 12 in Ocean Beach while he was walking on the boardwalk. Grant said that an unleashed pit bull ran up to him and bit him in the forearm, according to 10 News. Luckily, he was able to fight off the dog by kneeing it in the chest several times.
Grant said the dog’s owner was standing nearby and witnessed the incident but did not try to help. Once he saw Grant grab his phone to call police, the dog owner quickly grabbed his dog, put the dog in his vehicle, and sped out of the parking lot.
Lifeguards responding to this pit bull attack and treated the injured victim at the scene for the injuries suffered. Luckily, the bite on his arm was not severe enough to cause an infection.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year. Almost one in five of those victims (roughly 885,000) need medical attention for dog bite-related injuries. In 2006 alone, more than 31,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery as a result of dog attacks.
California’s 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.”
In such cases, injured victims would be well advised to contact an experienced San Diego dog bite injury attorney, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that the negligent dog owners are held liable. Victims can seek compensation to cover damages including medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, reconstructive surgery, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
At the Jurewitz Law Group, our dedicated legal team will work to get you the most money for your injuries. For a free assessment of your case, call our San Diego personal injury office toll-free at (888) 233-5020.
Ross Jurewitz is the founder and managing lawyer of the Jurewitz Law Group, a San Diego personal injury attorney law firm. These San Diego injury accident lawyers specialize in helping people seriously injured in a variety of accidents throughout San Diego County and California.
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