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Dog bite lawsuit may provide monetary damages to cover expenses

Some here in Rhode Island know that it is true that some dogs have a bark that is far worse than their bite. Unfortunately, for others, their bite is just as bad, if not worse, than their bark. This is especially true for dogs that are in city shelters. One man from another state found this out the hard way. Luckily, he was awarded $290,000 in damages after suffering a serious dog bite. 

The man, 27 at the time, went to the city shelter in the hopes of adopting a dog. He and one of the volunteers at the shelter took the dog for a walk. The dog was a breed known for being aggressive, a Rottweiler; however, they had no reason to believe that the dog was a threat.

The volunteer says that the dog attacked the man and bit his hand for no reason at all. The bite caused extensive nerve damage that ended up requiring surgery. His hand is now deformed, and he has decreased feeling in his pinky and ring fingers. As a result, he can no longer work in his HVAC profession.

When the investigation opened regarding the incident, it quickly became apparent that the dog actually had a previous biting history. In fact, two of the dog's previous owners had been bitten by the dog. It was determined that the shelter manager also wrongly handled several of the other dogs with prior biting histories as well, which had been adopted and ended up biting their owners.

When a Rhode Island resident has been bitten by a dog, the first thing that he or she should do is to seek medical attention. Once that has been taken care of, it is crucial to file a police report and contact a legal professional. Depending on the severity of the damage caused by the dog bite, there may be some hefty expenses involved, and a personal injury lawsuit may be able to recover some of those.  

Source:, "Dog bite costs Stamford $290K in settlement", John Nickerson, March 3, 2016

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