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Woman Obtains $70,000 Settlement For Dog Bite That Amputated Fingertip

Woman Obtains $70,000 Settlement For Dog Bite That Amputated Fingertip

Posted By The Dunnion Law Firm || 4-Sep-2013

A Santa Cruz dog sitter agreed to let her landlord put her dogs in the dog sitter’s front yard on her day off from dog-sitting. The dogs that came in to her yard were the dogs that she usually sat for. But this was her day off from caring for them. Suddenly one of the dogs began attacking the other, and the dog sitter instinctively put herself between them to stop the attack and save the dog from injury. But during the struggle, one of the dogs bit the very tip of her finger off. She saved a dog from injury only to be seriously injured herself. When the dog sitter filed her claim with the assistance of her attorneys at The Dunnion Law Firm, the landlord fired her and evicted her. The landlords’ insurance company also refused to make any payment for the medical bills or for the woman’s injuries. This dog sitter was left with a painful finger and had to undergo three surgeries to repair the finger tip. Despite this permanent disfigurement, the insurance carrier still refused to make any payments, claiming that the dog sitter was to blame for getting in between two fighting dogs. They even argued that the dog sitter voluntarily took custody of the dogs as part of her job. The Dunnion Law Firm took the case to court and hired medical experts and dog experts for consultation regarding damages. They litigated the case aggressively for their client. In the end, less than two months before trial, the insurance company agreed to settle the case for $70,000. This dog sitter has now relocated to a new home and will use the money to start a new life and new career. The Dunnion Law Firm will always fight insurance companies that wrongfully blame injured victims of dog attacks, and they will get every last settlement dollar that these victims are entitled to.