Matthew Gutierrez Valley Village: Matthew Gutierrez Injured In Valley Village Pit Bull Dog Attack At Apartment Complex
VALLEY VILLAGE, CALIFORNIA (February 16, 2020) – A man identified as Matthew Gutierrez was injured in a pit bull dog attack when he was walking with his Maltipoo Shih Tzu, Milo, at his apartment complex.
Valley Village police are saying that the attacked happened on Tuesday. A neighbor was walking his pit bull on a leash when the dog became aggressive.
The pit bull lunged at Matthew Gutierrez and bit him on his stomach. He punched the dog in the nose in order to get free.
Matthew Gutierrez was then taken to the hospital in order to receive treatment for serious lacerations. An investigation into the Valley Village pit bull dog attack remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Valley Village Pit Bull Dog Attacks
Dog attacks are incredibly common and result in many serious injuries every year. According to the Centers For Disease Control, “approximately 4.7 million dog bites occur in the United States each year, and 800,000 of those bites result in medical care. The U.S. population is approximately 325.7 million people as of 2017. That means a dog bites 1 out of every 69 people.”
Dog owners are held strictly liable if their animal attacks someone. According to California Vehicle Code 3342, “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.” As long as the person who was bitten was not provoking the dog or trespassing the owner will usually be liable. Victims of dog attacks often suffer very serious injuries including:
- Puncture wounds
- Organ damage
Any person that is injured in a dog attack can seek justice through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. It’s important to continue to seek follow up care after an accident. Infections can often be far more serious than the initial injuries. A dog bit injury attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Getting Help After A Valley Village Pit Bull Dog Attack
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to Matthew Gutierrez as he continues to recover. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to police as they continue their investigation. It is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to help prevent additional incidents like this.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a dog attack? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.