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Young Fresno Man Visits His Sister and is Bitten on the Hand When Next-Door Neighbor’s Vicious Pit Bull Rams Through The Fence.

Young Fresno Man Visits His Sister and is Bitten on the Hand When Next-Door Neighbor’s Vicious Pit Bull Rams Through The Fence. Dunnion Obtains a $50,000 Settlement.

Posted By The Dunnion Law Firm || 17-Oct-2016

A young seasonal laborer was in Fresno looking for a job for the winter. He was staying temporarily with his sister in east-central Fresno, not far from the airport. His sister owned a home with a back yard that shared a common back fence with her neighbors. Unfortunately, relations between the households had worsened because the neighbor’s new pit bull was vicious. Before the young man came to stay at the home, that pit bull had managed to break through the common fence multiple times, fighting with the sister’s dogs and scaring her family. It was only a matter of time that this vicious dog would bite a human being. This young man found himself one morning being attacked by the pit bull when it suddenly rammed through the fence and bit his hand. He saw so much blood and at first thought his finger was bitten clean off. After he returned from the hospital, he complained about the dog to animal control and the dog was eventually put down. He also called The Dunnion Law Firm. From that date forward, Dunnion investigated the ownership and insurance coverage for the dog and the property it was on. When an insurance company was identified, the claim representative denied full responsibility and blamed the sister for not maintaining her fence and for her own "vicious" dogs. Dunnion had no choice but to file a lawsuit, naming all the parties on each side of the fence. After contentious depositions between neighbors who did not like one another at all, all the parties agreed to come to a private mediation. Three insurance companies showed up to this mediation and with Dunnion’s aggressive and persistent negotiation, all three paid up. This young man settled his case for $50,000 on the eve of a trial that would have been long and expensive because of all the parties involved. He is happily using his settlement money to go to college and hopes to never have to look for seasonal work again.