Dog Bites / Attacks by Dogs
One of the most tragic things is a dog attack that permanently scars a child. Glenn C. McGovern has handled several of these claims, with six-figure settlements with the insured tendering the policy limits of the homeowner’s policy.
Examples of cases Glenn McGovern has won for clients:
- An 8-year old girl who was viciously attacked without provocation by a Dachshund causing over 40 lacerations in her face.
- A 12-year old child that was bitten by a Labrador Retriever, without any provocation by the child, causing permanent facial injuries. Usually these injuries are lacerations against the grain of the skin and there is very little doctors can do to completely restore them.
- A dog that had bitten over seven other persons. The dog bit down on the client’s wrist, requiring over $27,000 in surgical treatment. The median nerve in her wrist were actually imbedded in her bone, which required surgical intervention. Glenn C. McGovern is handling another claim involving the same dog, with a similar result in that the dog bit down on the client’s arm, causing permanent nerve injury, which requires surgery.
Glenn C. McGovern has also handled cases involving misuse of animals by police officers. One case, which resulted in a large settlement, the officer maliciously commanded a Belgium Sheppard attack a client, who was being arrested, for a domestic dispute with his wife. After the client was handcuffed and on the ground, the officer commanded the dog to bite him, creating huge slices in his shoulder blade tissues.
To establish a liability claim against a dog owner, the plaintiff must prove that his person or property was damaged by the owner’s dog, and that the injuries could have been prevented by the owner, and that the injuries do not result from the injured person’s provocation of the dog. (See Pepper v. Triplet 030619, La.1/21/04, 864 So.2d 181, citing, Boyer v. Seal, 553 So.2d 827 (La. 1989).
If plaintiff proves, by the preponderance of the evidence, the items of damage, the plaintiff is allowed to recover from the defendants separate items of damages, including, a) Physical Pain and Suffering; b) Mental Anguish, Anxiety and Mental Suffering, Depression, Emotional Turmoil; c) Loss of Enjoyment of Life; d) Loss of Sleep; e) Past and Future Medical Expenses; f) Diminishment of Earning Capacity; and g) Past and Future Loss of Earnings.
Glenn C. McGovern, also has experience with training and showing dogs. He currently owns two European Hovawarts.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a dog attack, Glenn C. McGovern will work hard to obtain the maximum recovery for you.
Contact Glenn McGovern by e-mail, or at 800-721-3992 for a free, confidential consultation.