It was a calm usual morning of July that went “as usual” for many but turned out to be a life changer for 43 years old security guard, Samuel Akinsanya. At around 0530 Hours he left his office and heard yapping in the hallway. Two dogs including a Pit Bull and a Rottweiler had escaped from their cage in a factory where he discharged his duties as a security guard overnight. Before he could react, the dogs attacked him. The good news is that the victim`s case was handled professionally by his dog bite attorneys and they managed to brought substantial relief for their client. In many cases loosing a dog bite lawsuit becomes inevitable as it happened in my case.
Samuel`s 60 Minutes for His Life
According to the victim’s account of events, the dogs jumped at him while he was trying to fight. He tried to defend himself but the aggressive dogs bit him across his body. Horrendously – it took around an hour before the police came and rescued him. The attack was so nasty and cruel that left Samuel in a state like a coma. He spent 10 days in a hospital bed, intubated and unresponsive. There were wounds almost all over his body and he suffered muscle damage. This incident left permanent scarring on his skin. As far as the attacking dogs are concerned, the pit bull choked to death and the other was returned to its owner.
Samuel Hired Dog Bite Attorneys and Was Awarded $563,000 in Damages
After regaining his consciousness and nerves, Samuel understandably sued the owner of two dogs and buildings property owner as well. A team of professional dog bite attorneys represented his case and was awarded $563,000 in damages, which according to the victim’s attorney is one of the highest dog bite related settlements witnessed ever in New Jersey. In fact, the laws governing dog bite injuries and accidents are getting more favorable to victims. “Dogs are totally unpredictable and the owners should be held responsible for whatever happens” – a senior dog bite attorney commented.
Dog Owner & the Property Owner Both Were Charged
In this case, both the owner of the dogs and the building`s owner both were found liable for 85% and 15% of the damages respectively. Thus, it is a unique case in several aspects. According to the law, in New Jersey, a property owner can be apprehended if he or she fails to indicate those inside the premises about the presence of dangerous dogs. Today in the majority of states, a dog owner is liable for compensations and damages caused by a dog bite victim whether the dog has ever exhibited a tendency to bite or not.
For Samuel, who was attacked the settlement brought by his dog bite attorneys helped him pay for his medical expenditures and to support his family members back in Nigeria. He remained out of work for more than six months.
Remember these basic legal points while filing a lawsuit being a dog-biting victim. A victim must prove that;
• The defendant is the legal owner and responsible for the dog involved
• The dog attacked the victim and it happened in a public place
• Incident happened when he or she was lawfully inside the defendant`s property
• He or she did not provoke the dog
It is is good to know that dog bite attorneys come with a sound knowledge across laws and regulations related to such incidents. Thus, a victim should always proceed under the cover of legal professionals. After all you cannot consider loosing a dog bite lawsuit as it could bring great financial losses and disgrace.