Woman Denied Parole In Dog Attack Murder Case
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Woman Denied Parole In Dog Attack Murder Case

Posted By Simpson Law Group LLP Trial Attorneys Posted in:Dog Bite

February 8 2019

On February 7, California commissioners denied parole to Marjorie Knoller, a former attorney. She was convicted of second-degree murder in 2001 and is serving a sentence of 15 years to life in prison. We bring you this story because it is one of the few dog attack cases in which a person has gotten such a severe sentence. It shows just how much liability people can have when their pets attack someone.

The attack happened in 2001 when her dog attacked and killed Diane Whipple inside their apartment. The case wound up in front of the state Supreme Court. They said that Knoller “acted with a conscious disregard for human life when her 140-pound Presa Canario escaped and killed Whipple.”

At the Simpson Law Group, we understand that many people never think about dog bites and attack until they happen. Unfortunately, the results are often devastating. When you need a San Diego dog bite attorney, you can count on us to be by your side.

The Injuries

While you may not think of injuries from dog bites as being severe, we want you to know that a dog’s jaw is powerful. Most of the time, we never have to experience the force of a dog bite, but if a dog has made the choice to attack, whether out of fear or aggression, the results can be devastating.

Soft tissue damage from a dog bite or attack can be extreme. There are times when people need emergency medical treatment and surgery in the aftermath of a dog bite. We also know that reconstructive surgery is sometimes necessary to restore a person’s appearance and functionality after an incident.

Even minor dog bites can cause problems, especially if they become infected.

We know that the elderly and children are most at risk when it comes to dog bite incidents. They are not as able to defend themselves or get away from a situation as able-bodied adults are.

You may not realize it, but the CDC tells us that there are around 4.5 million instances of dogs biting people each year and that nearly 1 in 5 people bitten by a dog requires medical attention.

We often find that the dog’s owner is the reason a bite or attack happens. This can be because:

  • They let their dog off of the leash despite laws that require otherwise.
  • They do not properly secure their pets on their property, causing a situation in which the dog is allowed to roam unsupervised.
  • They knowingly let an aggressive dog be around other people and pets.

What Happens Now?

If you or a loved one have been the victim of a dog bite or attack that was caused by the negligence of another person, you need to seek legal assistance. At the Simpson Law Group, we are ready to help. Our knowledgeable and experienced team will work diligently to secure the compensation you need for all of your incident-related expenses. This can include medical bill coverage, pain and suffering damages, and even punitive damages. When you need a dog bite attorney in San Diego, you can contact us by clicking here or calling 619-236-9696 for a free consultation.

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