The Oregonian reports that Christine Shertzer was awarded a $108K settlement for injuries she received when an Australian shepherd bit her at a party.
Shertzer, 43, claimed that the dog's owners were negligent for allowing their dog to roam freely during the party.
Shertzer suffered serious dog bit injuries in the attack and had to have plastic surgery to repair facial injuries. According to her attorney, she has has permanent numbness of her lip, and eating and drinking is difficult and she can no longer kiss without experiencing pain.
There was conflicting testimony at the trial as to the aggressive nature and history of the dog. The homeowner claimed that Shertzer had handled the dog roughly. However, other witnesses testified that the dog was unpredictable and aggressive and a veterinarian testified that the dog had bit her.
Shertzer had filed a claim for $668,420 for medical bills, pain and suffering and for pain and suffering. However, the jury voted 12-0 finding Shertzer 48% at fault for petting a dog unknown to her.
The homeowner's insurance policy will pay the settlement.
Dog Bite Liability
Dog bite injuries can often leave victims with disfigurement, scarring and permanent nerve damages. Nerve damage can cause constant pain. Dog bite victims often have to undergo multiple surgeries to correct damage.
Washington State Dog Bite Law
Washington state code 16.08.040 finds that owners of any dog that injures a person are liable for the damages that the bitter person suffers regardless of the former viciousness of the dog. If the dog owner knew their dog was prone to biting, then can be held liable for injuries and that liability is expanded.
Bellevue Dog Bite Attorney
Herbert Farber, a Bellevue personal injury attorney, represents dog bite victims and their families. Our law firm takes seriously the injuries suffered when a person has been attacked by a dog. We work hard to insure that the dog bite victim receives the compensation they deserve to cover medical costs, loss of wages, rehabilitation costs and for pain and suffering.