Dog Attackes 3 Yr Old Girl, St. Louis Parent’s Nightmare
Posted on January 15th, 2011 by Zane Cagle
Dog attacks in the St. Louis area continue to be the topic of parent’s nightmares. Such is the account of a three-year old little girl’s parents in Taft, California. The little girl was playing in her aunt’s back yard when a neighbor’s English mastiff’s attacked her. The little girl suffered serious injuries about the face and head and underwent surgery the same day as the attack. A large scar runs from one eyebrow to the other side of her face and cheek according Bakersfield news sources.
The owner of the dog secured the animal and local animal control was called. “We did our best to make sure that the animal was secure”, said Mullins, “We got no further reports on that day that the animal was loose”. Mullins is the director of the animal control office in Taft, California. There has been some discrepancy between the communications to the sheriff’s office.
According to the aunt, a call was made right after the incident, but no phone log confirmed the call. The little girl is healing from her bites and whether or not permanent scaring occurred remains to be seen. While we would like to think that local police or sheriff’s offices will always respond to an emergency call, the important thing in a dog bite situation is to get the victim away from the animal immediately and get prompt medical attention. Authorities must be called in order to secure the animal and keep it from harming anyone else. Most towns and cities have leash laws and require dog owners to keep their animals restrained. When an animal breaks free and attacks a victim, often it is the dog owner’s home insurance policy that is liable to pay for victim’s medical bills. An animal attack is a tragedy and no one can imagine many things worse than a large dog attacking a little girl’s face and head. However, these tragedies occur and it is good to know that victims can recover their medical bills and possibly future medical bills.
As dog bites can cause disfiguring injuries future medical bills in reconstructive surgery may be needed. Exceedingly violent dog attacks or attacks on small children or elderly can result in fatalities. Contacting a personal injury attorney right away will assist in a thorough investigation. Seeking legal advice early may insure that the investigation occurs before the attacking animal is euthanized. While it is not necessary for the animal to be kept alive, it is possible to say that including all factors regarding the animal, its behavior and health might assist in gaining full knowledge of the event and assist in eliminating more of such tragedies in the future.
Zane T. Cagle of The Cagle Law Firm has represented many victims of dog attacks and understands that it can be an arduous process. Often the dog attack involves a small child and future medical services are frequently needed. Unless you contact a personal injury attorney, future medical costs may not be included in a compensation offer from an insurance company if any compensation is offered at all. For a free consultation to determine if you have personal injury case resulting from a dog bite, call Zane T. Cagle at 1(314) 276-1681