Hi there, my mom was just bitten by a large pit-bull type dog. She sustained several bites to the face, primarily around the nose area, but there are bites under the eye and on the ear as well. The wounds were not life threatening or extremely serious. Most of the bites were shallow, she required dermabond (in lieu of stitches) for three small areas on her nose. We went to urgent care, took photos before and after of the injuries. We paid upfront for medical costs.
We want to know what our rights are, how we can get compensated for medical bills as well as punitive damages.
At the time of the attack, the dog was not on a leash and the owner did not attempt to help her, but rather held onto her other smaller dog and told her to "run away."
On a previous occasion the same dog came charging at my mother and dog, but the dog was held back by one of the owners. We have not yet contacted authorities, should we call animal control and/or file a report with the police?
The attack took place in Los Angeles County (specifically, Glendale)
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