In February 2019, our client was invited to a friend’s home to enjoy an evening of watching movies. This friend, the defendant, also extended her invitation to our client’s dog. As soon as our client and her dog entered the defendant’s home that evening, one of the defendant’s dogs lunged at our client’s dog and began viciously attacking her. Terrified at the sight of her dog being mauled, our client jumped into action in attempt to break up the fight. As she attempted to separate the two dogs, one of the defendant’s other dogs began attacking our client, biting her face and legs. When the dogs were finally separated from our client and her dog, she realized the extent of the injuries to her and her beloved dogs. The vicious attack, which occurred mere months before our client’s wedding, resulted in gaping wounds to our client’s face and legs, injuries that were severe and permanent both physically and psychologically. Our client’s dog also suffered extensive physical injuries, adding to our client’s emotional trauma.
Though our client’s initial physical injuries have healed, she is left with permanent scarring that she must look at daily as a constant reminder of the horrific dog bite attack. Her injuries went beyond the physical injuries she sustained, as she continues to suffer from the psychological trauma of the incident. She suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder causing her to have panic attacks around dogs resembling pit bulls, and she now fears taking walks, hearing barking, and seeing dogs that resemble the defendant’s dogs.
Our office originally filed suit in Lucas County for claims of strict liability and negligence. Luckily, due to a successful negotiation we obtained a settlement for our client without her ever needing to set foot in a courtroom for trial. While no amount of money can undo the physical and psychological trauma our client has endured, she received a fair settlement that will allow for her to continue to recover and heal from the traumatic incident.