Dog Bites Verdicts and Settlements

$1 million – Dog Attack

A meter reader was walking her route when she came upon a house rented by the Defandant-tenant in Port St. John. As the client approached the house, four dogs – all pit bulls – leaped over a four-foot high fence and attacked her. She tried using pepper spray to force the dogs to back off, but it had no effect. The dogs immediately bit her and dragged her around the yard, their sharp teeth and clenched jaws showing no signs of letting up. Once able to get away, she ran to a neighbor’s house for help, with the neighbor calling 911.The client sustained a number of injuries, with severe scarring and disfigurement to the face.

When she contacted Nance Cacciatore, our investigators interviewed several of the Defendant-tenant’s neighbors and learned that a number of previous complaints had been made to the property owner, Penn Properties, and its trustee about the dogs, with one neighbor even resorting to a claw hammer to defend himself against these vicious hounds. Our firm filed suit, based in part on the fact that defendant Penn Properties either knew or should have known that the dogs were dangerous.

Based on our investigation and subsequent negotiations with the defendant’s insurance carrier, James Nance settled the case for the policy limit of $1 million, giving our client the financial security to cover future medical expenses and lost wages without worrying about how she will make ends meet.

Policy Limits – Dog bite

While walking around the block with her son, the Plaintiff was attacked by a pit bull. She suffered a bite to her hip as she was trying to fend off the dog and get away. Nance Cacciatore was able to collect the limits of the coverage under the dog owner’s home insurance policy.

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