Florida man awarded $7.7 million in dog bite case

Dog owners are responsible for ensuring that their pets behave well around others. When dogs are vicious and prone to attack, it can lead to legal issues. That was what happened when a Florida man was attacked by his neighbor’s three mixed breed dogs. The dog bite victim sued and recently won the case, to the tune of nearly $8 million.

Now comes the hard part: tracking down the money. The neighbors, a Canadian couple, have since moved to Turks and Caicos and were not present in court. They own businesses, paid cash for their home and drove cars worth six figures, so it is assumed that they have money.

The Delray Beach man was in front of his home throwing a piece of wood into a trash pile when the dogs attacked him on that fateful day in December 2011. The dogs ripped his pants and dug their teeth into his skin, causing severe puncture wounds. Those wounds have since healed, but now the man lives in constant back pain due to the twisting and turning he did to defend himself from the dogs.

Everyday activities — even sleeping and dressing — are difficult for the man. He had to undergo surgery for a herniated disk in his back. Doctors implanted rods and screws and fused several vertebrae. That, along with pain medication and physical therapy, have done little to ease the constant pain.

Unfortunately, dogs are not always man’s best friend. An animal attack can result in serious injury, as seen in this case. It is hopeful that the man will receive some compensation for the pain and suffering he has gone through. Plus, he likely has medical expenses that must be paid.

Source: The Palm Beach Post, “Delray Beach dog bite victim wins $7.7 million verdict; now has to collect” Jane Musgrave, Apr. 03, 2014