Our client was walking home after visiting a nearby cemetery where her late son was laid to rest when a large dog escaped the defendants’ property and charged at her aggressively, knocking her to the ground. The dog proceeded to attack and bite her several times resulting in puncture and laceration bite wounds to both legs.
She managed to escape the dog by climbing on top of a storage shed and yelled for help. A couple walking on a nearby recreational trail heard her and came to her aid.
The client was required to undergo a series of rabies shots. Following the attack, she experienced traumatic flashbacks, nightmares and was fearful to leave her house alone. She was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Brooke Elmi, an associate attorney at our firm, argued that the defendants were negligent in failing to confine the dog and allowing it to escape off the property and attack plaintiff, and showed recklessness, given the dog’s known history of biting.
Brooke resolved the case for $100,000.00 prior to trial, representing the defendants’ available homeowners’ insurance policy limit.