A 49-year-old Skagit County woman, DeEtta Dearn, as been charged with third-degree assault for criminal negligence after her dog attacked and mauled her 9-month granddaughter causing serious injuries which left her granddaughter hospitalized in an ICU unit.
Seattle’s King5.com reports that Dezearn’s dog attacked Olivia Dezearn on both August 1st and August 2nd. The second attack was more serious and Olivia was hospitalized at Seattle Children’s Hospital for nine days with facial wounds and a skull fracture.
The dog was a Rhodesian Ridgeback/Lab mix and bit the child as she was playing.
Dog bite injuries can be very serious and often cause disfigurement to the face. Sometimes they even cause permanent nerve damages. Most dog bite victims require two to five surgeries to repair the damage and remove scarring.
Every year, approximately 2% of the U.S. population sustains a dog bite injury. Dog bites surpass playground accidents in causing injury to small children.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious dog bite injury, you may have a negligence claim against the dog owner. Often times, the dog bite victim can obtain compensation for medical costs, rehabilitation costs, psychological trauma and for pain and suffering. Many people have home owner’s insurance which will cover the cost of civil claims.