Man seriously injured by dog bite awarded $650,000

Dogs can be unpredictable. Many Florida dog owners understand this and keep their dogs properly enclosed or chained up to prevent dog bites. Some dog breeds are known to attack humans more often than others area. A Rottweiler attacked a New Jersey man in 2011, seriously injuring his face. A jury recently awarded him $650,000.

The 48-year-old man was helping a neighbor unload his pickup truck in July 2011. The man was petting the neighbor’s two Rottweilers, who were on a chain connected to the garage. As the man turned around, a dog bit him in the face and arm. He was taken to the hospital, where he suffered tissue loss as a result of the dog bite. The man suffered lacerations on his forehead and his arm injuries required surgery.

The injuries around his lips and mouth were so severe that numbness and scarring formed. The man had difficulty opening his mouth and needed another surgery the following year. The man filed a lawsuit, and the case went to court Sept. 13. The jury reached a decision on Oct. 24, awarding the man $650,000 in damages.

Like Florida, New Jersey has a strict liability rule when it comes to dog bites. That means that the dog’s owner is liable for all damages caused by a dog that bites someone in a public place or on private property. This is true even if the dog is not considered vicious or has never bitten anyone before. All it takes is one bite.

Dog owners should exercise caution when allowing others to come near their dogs. Although children are most susceptible to injury, adults can suffer injuries as well. Even the nicest dog can suddenly attack if it feels threatened. A dog bite can cause serious personal injury, as seen in this case, and it can also cause serious damage to one’s wallet as well.

Source: 
NJ.com, “OUCH! N.J. man awarded $650,000 for a dog bite, report says” Rob Spahr, Nov. 01, 2013