Dog Bites

Television’s Dog Whisperer Sued for Dog-Bite Injuries

- Paul Zuckerman

Cesar Millan, the famous TV star of “The Dog Whisperer” is facing a civil lawsuit for dog bite injuries allegedly inflicted by a pit bull that was released by Millan’s Dog Psychology Center.

The plaintiff is a woman who works as a critical care nurse in Florida. She allegedly suffered bone fractures, deep muscle and tendon lacerations, and disfigurement in September 2014, just a few days after the pit bull named Gus was released by the Dog Psychology Center.

She claimed that the dog was prematurely released and that this led to her injuries.

The Plaintiff’s Allegations

The injured woman stated in her complaint that the pit bull has a history of vicious attacks and was previously ordered destroyed. Instead, the Dog Psychology Center took custody and control of the pitbull and committed to release the dog only when it was deemed safe for society.

The victim alleged that the Dog Psychology Center released the dog after its owner failed to keep up with its monthly housing payments at the dog center. The dog allegedly still had some 18 months of rehabilitation before it could be safely released.

Dog Psychology Center’s Statement

In Cesar Millan’s defense, the Dog Psychology Center issued a statement that he did not have any contact with the dog and never trained the pit bull. The dog’s owner allegedly removed the dog from the center, against its trainer’s strong advice and objection.

Claiming Compensation for Dog Bite

Injuries from dog attack can be serious and sometimes fatal. In this case, the plaintiff additionally stated that she lost feeling and function in her left hand.

If you sustain injuries in a dog attack, a personal injury attorney can help you obtain compensation for your injuries. Compensation can cover your medical costs for treatment and care, therapy and rehabilitation, lost income, long term disability, and your pain and suffering.

In California, Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley is one of the largest personal injury law firms in the region, with offices in Los Angeles and San Diego, and we are known for the personal attention we give to each of our clients.

We have years of experience in dog bite injuries, helping injured clients obtain the maximum value of compensation that they deserve. We also handle other types of personal injury cases such as auto accident, bicycle accident, birth injury, brain injury, motorcycle accident, spine injury, and wrongful death.

Personal injury cases are handled by Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley on a contingency fee basis. We invite you to call us today at (213) 514-8332 to schedule your complimentary initial consultation with one of our attorneys.

LA Ranks #2 for Mail Carrier Dog Attacks

- Paul Zuckerman

Next to children and the elderly, mail carriers are one of the most frequent victims of dog attacks in Los Angeles. The United Postal Service reported that there 5,500 mail carriers were attacked by dogs in 2013. Ranking a close second to Houston on that list is Los Angeles with 61 dog bite injuries inflicted on mail carriers in 2013.

Observing dog bite safety measures can prevent dog attacks, but if you or a loved one have suffered a dog bite injury, California law allows you to recover damages for dog bite injuries.

Dog Bite Prevention

Any dog, regardless of breed or size, can bite in reaction to stimulus around them. They can bite when:

  • In a stressful situation
  • Sick or not feeling well
  • Scared or threatened
  • Overly excited while playing

While dogs can be friendly and adorable, the American Veterinary Medical Association recommends that people avoid petting them when:

  • The owner is not with the dog
  • The dog is eating or sleeping
  • The dog is injured or sick
  • The dog is resting with her puppies
  • The dog is playing with a toy
  • The dog is hiding or spending time alone in its special place
  • A dog is barking or growling

Injuries from Dog Attack

Depending on the size of the dog and the victim of the attack, a dog bite can cause lacerations, puncture wounds and head injury, all of which require medical attention. In serious cases, a dog attack can be fatal, particularly for very young children and the elderly. If you or a loved one is involved in a dog bite accident or dog attack, you may be entitled to compensation under California tort law.

Claiming Damages

The state of California has a dog bite statute, Civil Code Sec. 3342, which allows the injured victim of a dog attack to claim damages against the owner of the dog. The law does not require that the owner be able to anticipate the attack or be aware of the viciousness of his dog.

Your claim for damages can include costs of medical bills, ongoing therapy, lost earnings, and pain and suffering.

Based in Los Angeles, Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, LLP is one of the largest law offices in California, with proven experience in dog bite injury claims.

We also handle other types of personal injury cases such as brain injury, spine injury, auto and truck accidents, slip and fall accidents and wrongful death. Call us today at (213) 514-8332 for a free consultation.

Keep Your Loved Ones Safe, Look Out for the Signs of Aggressive Dogs

- Paul Zuckerman

Approximately 4.7 million people every year become victims of a dog bite every year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While no one can guarantee that they will never fall victim to a dog attack, there are steps that can be taken to prevent a dog attack to the best of your abilities, keeping yourself and family members safe.

Keep Your Loved Ones Safe, Look Out for the Signs of Aggressive Dogs

Most importantly, being aware of what dogs may be aggressive and willing to attack you or a loved one is the best way to prevent an attack. When coming across a dog, whether they are on the loose or otherwise, be aware of the signs of aggression.

  • Posture: Aggressive dogs act differently than friendly ones. Watch out for increased barking, snarling, snapping, pinned back ears, lunging, curled lips, and attempts to block your path.
  • Surroundings: Understand where the dog is. Dogs at home may try to defend their home from strangers, while animals on the loose may be agitated and more likely to become aggressive. Always be aware of where a dog is in relation to you and whether you may be seen as a threat.
  • Special Circumstances: Even a normally nice dog can become aggressive under certain circumstances. If the dog is sick or injured it may become more aggressive, or if you are near its puppies it may attack out of defense if you are seen as a threat.
  • Irritations: Sudden actions may make a dog aggressive. Even if it is agitated only for a second, the dog may still bite. Do not suddenly wake up dogs, attempt to aggressively take things away, try to scare the animal, or otherwise intimidate or fight a dog, especially one you do not know well.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog attack, the Beverly Hills dog attack victim lawyers at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley can provide you with the help you need to prove liability and find compensation. To learn more about your rights and option, call us at 213-514-8332.