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Property Owner Held Liable for Injuries Caused by Renters Dog

Property Owner Held Liable for Injuries Caused by Renters Dog

Posted By The Dunnion Law Firm || 15-Mar-2010

The client, a 42 year old construction worker, contacted The Dunnion Law Firm after being bitten on the right forearm by a dog owned by a long time acquaintance. The attack took place at the dog owner’s residence, which was located on property owned by the dog owner’s employer. The dog owner had no insurance and the property owner denied any responsibility, refusing to even identify the property’s insurance carrier to the client. The initial investigation by The Dunnion Law Firm showed that the property owner was responsible. This same dog had previously bitten an employee of the property owner and the property owner still allowed the dog to remain on the property. The client recovered from the injuries and returned to work doing construction without limitations. The attack did leave scars on the right forearm and the client developed an infection that required the doctor to remove an abscess to prevent further infection. All of the client’s medical bills were paid by his health insurance. The property owner eventually turned the claim over to his insurance carrier after threat of suit by The Dunnion Law Firm. The insurance carrier initially denied the claim, saying the property owner was not responsible for his tenant’s dog. After lengthy negotiations, the insurance carrier retained counsel and after several months agreed that the property owner did have some responsibility as he had prior knowledge of at least one other attack by this same dog. Even though the carrier admitted the property owner had some responsibility, they made numerous legal arguments to try and avoid paying out on the claim. After several months of negotiations, the carrier agreed to mediation. At the mediation, the carrier was forced to admit responsibility and after a 5 hour mediation session, the matter was settled for $63,000.00.