North County Times staff writers, Paul Sisson and Ray Huard, report that 33-year-old Hoa Lin, a letter carrier in Oceanside, died on June 3, 2010 from head injuries resulting from a dog attack. Lin suffered a fatal head injury when a Rottweiler lunged at him causing him to fall as he was delivering mail on his route on the 500 block on Stanley Street. Lin was found lying in the street around 4 p.m. on May 25 with a severe head injury, and was transported to Tri-City Medical Center, where doctors put him into an induced coma to try to control the brain swelling, said his wife Teri. He died on June 3, 2010 from “blunt head trauma” according to the coroners report. The San Diego Humane Society, who has the animal control contract for Oceanside, euthanized the dog at the request of its owner. The incident is under further investigation to gather more details about the incident.
Our deepest sympathy goes out to Teri Lin her children, family and friends.
Applicable California Law
I would refer you to my prior Blog posts regarding the applicable law relating to dog attacks, as well as damages in wrongful death cases, and cases involving work related injuries. In summary, Teri and her children would be entitled to workers compensation benefits, potential damages under a “survivor action” and under California’s wrongful death statute.
The loss of any loved one is tragic, however when one is killed in the prime of his or her life, it is even more so. Teri and her three children ages 10-years-old through 5 months will have to adjust to the emotional, and financial loss of their husband and father. Wrongful death, brain injuries, or work related injuries can be complex to prove. When the time is right, advice from an experienced personal injury attorney can be crucial.