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Animal bites: Woman injured by dog bites receives award in trial

Many dog owners in Wisconsin or other states around the country love to walk their pets in their neighborhoods. For most of the time, they do this without incident. However, a woman in another state suffered multiple animal bites when a neighbor's dog attacked her while she was walking her own dog in 2015.

Reports showed that a 73-year-old woman was walking her dog when she was attacked by another dog belonging to a neighbor. The woman had avoided the dog when she initially spotted it. However, the animal charged at the woman, knocked her down and bit her lower body. She suffered a concussion and other serious injuries. The woman filed a lawsuit against the couple who owned the dog and the wife's parents who own the home near where the accident occurred.

The woman who was bitten continued to have issues with her memory and the ability to care for herself.  She was forced to live with family members following the accident so that they could help with her care. The owners of the dog who attacked the woman claimed that their pet was provoked into biting her. Their explanation was that the woman's dog was barking at them. This defense did not adequately explain the attack, and the woman was awarded over $259,000 following a four-day trial.

The woman received an award of over $9,500 for medical expenses that were not covered by insurance. She also received $250,000 for pain and suffering. The dog involved in the incident also attacked an animal control officer and was later euthanized.

Animal bites such as this can result in serious injuries. The owners of a dog that attacks someone can be held responsible for the injury since Wisconsin is a strict liability state. Someone who has been injured in a similar accident may contact a personal injury lawyer for assistance. An experienced attorney can work toward achieving a favorable outcome in a claim for their clients.

Source: theday.com, "Judge awards $259,000 to Stonington dog bite victim", Karen Florin, Nov. 6, 2017

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