Our dog bite lawyers recently settled a lawsuit on behalf of a 65 year old woman who was attached by her neighbor’s dog. Our client lives in a condominium development and was walking within her condo complex when she was attacked and mauled by a 70-pound white mix breed dog. As she walked by the condo, the dog was loose and lunged at her, grabbing onto her left calf area. The dog bit her approximately four to five times, and there were several puncture wounds in the back of her leg. After the attack, the dog owner brought a towel to her and walked her home to her house.
When she arrived home, her husband called 911 and EMS, and she was transported to Providence Park Hospital. She suffered numerous puncture wounds on her leg due to the bites and has permanent scars. She also suffered psychological injuries from the attack and is reluctant to walk through her neighborhood anymore.
We filed a lawsuit on her behalf in the Oakland County Circuit Court in Pontiac, Michigan. After depositions were taken, the dog owner’s insurance company agreed to pay a settlement in the amount of $42,000 for the pain and suffering claim and reimbursed Blue Cross Blue Shield the amount of $885.00 for bills paid related to the dog bites. The case settled shortly before the scheduled date for a jury trial.
Dog bite victims attacked by a neighbor’s dog do have legal rights and can pursue a claim to receive compensation for pain and suffering and medical bills incurred and upcoming due to the injuries arising from the attack. Sometimes this can present an uncomfortable situation between two neighbors that had previously been friendly acquaintances; however, in these types of cases individuals should be aware that the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance company usually pays a settlement. Neighbors do not have to worry about the other neighbor paying a settlement amount out of their own pockets, and often times insurance do not usually increase after this type of claim.
If you or someone you know has been bitten or attacked by a neighbor’s dog, contact our top rated Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. law firm today at (800) 606-1717. We will explain your legal rights to you and determine what a fair settlement is for your dog bite injuries. Call today for a free, no obligation evaluation of your case and learn your rights!