Chain | Cohn | Stiles has filed a claim on behalf of the family of a second-grade student who was bitten on the face by a dog while in her classroom.
Leilani, 8, suffered severe lacerations and tearing to her face when she was attacked by one of two large dogs visiting her classroom on May 9 at Wayside Elementary School (Bakersfield City School District) in south Bakersfield. The dogs belonged to a volunteer reader from the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office.
The family alleges in the claim that Bakersfield City School District and the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office negligently allowed the volunteer reader to bring into the classroom two dogs, and failed to supervise the dogs in a safe manner. As a result, Leilani suffered severe injuries. The family further alleges that the dog owner is strictly liable pursuant to California Civil Code section 3342 (Dog Bite Statute).
This case is a warning to school officials and parents toward allowing animals near young students on school campuses.
“A school should know better than to allow dogs into a second grade classroom. No matter how gentle the dogs may be, their behavior can be unpredictable,” said Matthew C. Clark, attorney at Chain | Cohn | Stiles. “Unfortunately for Leilani, she is likely to have lifelong facial and lip scarring, and vision difficulties. Let this be warning to schools, and to dog owners: Do not bring dogs onto school campuses. The risk is simply too great.”
Chain | Cohn | Stiles resolved a lawsuit in 2016 on behalf of a Bakersfield woman for $2 million in what was the largest award for a dog bite case against a public entity in California at the time, according to VerdictSearch, a verdict and settlement database.
If you or someone you know is bitten by a dog, please call the attorneys at Chain | Cohn | Stiles at (661) 323-4000, or chat with us online at chainlaw.com.
- Law firm filing claim against school district on behalf of second grader attacked by dog in class (KERO-23, ABC – May 15, 2019)
- 8-year-old Wayside Elementary student attacked by dog, local law firm files claim (KBAK-29, KBFX-58 – May 15, 2019)
- Law firm files claim on behalf of girl attacked by dog in classroom (The Bakersfield Californian – May 15, 2019)
- Girl bitten by dog at school undergoes reconstructive surgery, must be fed via syringe (The Bakersfield Californian – May 16, 2019) (Web Version)
- Family of alleged dog attack at Wayside Elementary speaks out (KERO-23, ABC – May 16, 2019) (Web Version)
- Family sues BCSD after dog bites 8-year-old girl in class (KBAK-29 CBS, KBFX-58 FOX – May 16, 2019) (Web Version)
- Family takes legal action after student attacked by dog at elementary school (KGET-17 NBC – May 16, 2019) (Web Version)
- Volunteers involved in Wayside Elementary dog attack have criminal history, records show (The Bakersfield Californian – May 21, 2019) (Web Version)
- Alleged owners of dog accused of attacking girl at elementary school have extensive criminal record (23 ABC News – May 21, 2019) (Web Version)