A dog bite victim from Pawcatuck, who was bitten repeatedly by a yellow Labrador retriever and suffered injuries to his right forearm and right upper thigh settled his lawsuit for $320,000.
The victim was attacked by the 2-year-old dog after he went to a neighbor’s house to pick up his young son from a play date in June 2016. He had petted the dog without incident when he dropped off his son earlier.
He went to pet the dog and, out of nowhere, the dog grabbed on to his arms. There was blood all over the place and then the dog attacked again. The attacks all happened in a matter of seconds.
The victim ended up having 24 stitches on his forearm. He also had injuries to his thigh. Although, not directly related to this case, many dog bite victims have emotional and diagnosed psychological issues as a result of dog attack. Many victims undergo extensive counseling and have a perpetual of dogs. These emotional scars should be factored into any settlement.
The defense attorney claimed that the dog bite injuries and damages were the result of his own conduct in that he was teasing, tormenting or abusing such dog.
The medical reports bolstered his case. For instance, they showed diminished grip strength, permanent pain, and discoloration of his injury sites after activities such as lifting or working in the yard.
Of the agreed-on settlement, about $260,000 was paid by the dog owner’s home insurance policy carrier. Home owner’s insurance is almost the source of payment for a dog bite victim.
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