Two-month-old Jemma-Linda Gonzalez was in her bouncy chair, supervised by her mother, in the backyard of their San Diego home on Monday, May 7, when a neighbor’s pit bull entered the garden, springing at the helpless infant and inflicting devastating injuries. The baby was taken to the hospital, where she has already undergone significant surgeries to treat the injuries, which include punctured eye sockets, a misplaced jawline, fractured skull, punctures to her brain, and a crack behind her ear. According to a family friend who has been involved in setting up a GoFundMe page to help cover the family’s medical expenses, Jemma-Linda is currently stable but could suffer severe after-effects for the rest of her life. It is expected that the tragic tot will need surgery to repair her misplaced jawline when she is older and may struggle to develop mentally, due to the brain injuries sustained in the dog bite attack.
The incident has been ruled an unfortunate accident, and no criminal charges will be brought against the dog’s owner. It is believed that the motion of the baby’s bouncy chair may have acted as a trigger for the pit bull’s aggression.
Injured in a Los Angeles Dog Attack? You Need Expert Legal Representation
A highly-skilled and experienced Los Angeles dog attack attorney from the Law Offices of Howard Kornberg has the legal expertise required to maximize the settlement you receive. With our assistance, you could hold the dog’s owner accountable for the actions of their pet, following incidents such as:
- Dog bite attacks
- The after-effects of a dog bite attack
- Aggressive dogs
Did you know that there are, on average 4.7 million dog bite attacks in Los Angeles and across the United States each year? Most of these attacks are carried out by dogs belonging to just five breeds, including:
- Pit Bulls
- Alaskan Malamutes
- German Shepherds
Pit bulls, such as the one responsible for attacking two-month-old Jemma-Linda Gonzalez, account for more dog attack deaths than any other breed. Children are particularly at risk from Los Angeles dog attacks, with the sudden movements and loud noises regularly produced by young children believed to be a common factor.
How a Los Angeles Dog Attack Attorney Could Help You
Through working with an expert Los Angeles dog attack attorney, who has specific experience in handling cases relating to dog bite attacks and aggressive dogs, you could hold the dog’s owner accountable for your injuries, and the resulting after-effects.
If you, or a loved one, have been injured by a dog attack, you should seek immediate medical assistance. Your next call should be to the Law Offices of Howard Kornberg, where an expert attorney can get to work on preparing your lawsuit. The damages we seek on your behalf will include the pain and suffering you have endured, anxiety and other psychological trauma that may result from the dog bite attack, and your medical expenses.