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Verdicts and Settlements

King v Anonymous

Interestingly, this matter involved a dog bite that almost occurred. While reacting to the perceived threat of a dog jumping in the direction of an elderly person, the Plaintiff fell down while attempting to avoid the dog as it lurched towards her. This resulted in a serious fracture to her wrist which had already been impacted by ongoing arthritic issues. The reason that this matter likely needed to be litigated and almost went to Trial is the Defense's position that in the absence of an actual dog bite, which did not occur in this instance, no strict liability standard should attach. That legal analysis was dubious and ultimately the Defendant's insurance company was persuaded to pay a fair settlement. Result was $225,000( Hartford Superior Court, 2007)

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