This week a baby girl was critically injured by the family dog in St. Charles, MO. The dog-- a part-pitbull breed-- allegedly broke free from the back room of the house. The girl's grandmother was babysitting her and her brothers. The toddler's brothers watched as the dog attacked the twenty-two month old girl. The grandmother attempted to stop the dog and was also attacked. The young boys ran next door and returned with a neighbor, who stabbed the dog several times with a kitchen knife until it release the girl.
The grandmother received injuries to her hands. The baby had bites on her back, stomach, neck and face and is in critical condition at the hospital. The dog survived the stabbing, but was put to sleep upon request of the family.
Legally, it is not true that "every dog gets one bite." Dog owners can be held liable for injuries their dogs inflict, even if it is the first time their dog has bitten a person, but surrounding context is important. It would be important to know if the dog had a history of attacks, was trained to attack, or was ill-treated by its owners.
Heartbreakingly, the twenty-two year-old month baby girl that was attacked by a dog last week died today. The dog bit the little girl's back, stomach, neck, and face. After a weekend in the hospital, the little girl passed away from the injuries she sustained from the attack. The family lives in St. Charles, MO.
The dog-- a part-pitbull breed—supposedly broke out of the room where it was being confined. The girl's grandmother was babysitting the baby and her brothers. The toddler's brothers witnessed the dog beginning to attack the girl. The grandmother attempted to stop the dog and was also attacked. Seeing the grandmother struggle, the young boys solicited the help of a neighbor, who stabbed the dog several times with a kitchen knife until it release the girl. The dog did not die from the stabbing, but was later euthanized at the family's request.
Dog owners can be held liable for injuries their dogs inflict, even if it is the first time their dog has bitten a person, but surrounding context is important. It would be important to know if the dog had a history of attacks, was trained to attack, or was ill-treated by its owners. An investigation is pending in this case.
Currently, the events stand as a tragedy. Family pets should not be a volatile danger to young children, or the community at large. Wrongful death claims involving severe injury or death can be the most difficult types of cases to litigate. These cases are often very emotionally charged, and it takes a skilled practitioner to put emotion aside and make the best arguments for the family of the victim. However, that attorney has to be emotionally invested in the case as well. The family of attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC have experience with wrongful death cases and can help you recover the judgment you deserve. Please call (314) 436-9958 or (800) 391-4318 for a no-obligation consultation regarding your potential case.
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