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Victim of dog attack will likely sue employer and dog owner

Dog owners nationwide, including in Rhode Island, must ensure their pets pose no danger to others. Any victim of a dog attack may hold the animal's owner accountable for damages. The owner of a Labrador-mix dog in another state may soon be facing a personal injury lawsuit after the dog attacked a cleaner.

Reportedly, an employee of a placement agency that provides homeowners with house-service workers was hired through the company to clean an apartment. She alleges that the dog attacked her while she was busy washing dishes at the sink. She claims the dog jumped onto her and bit her in the face. A part of her chin as well as parts of both her bottom and upper lips were allegedly ripped off.

The victim says she managed to escape into a closet and asked the owner of the dog to call emergency services. After being rushed to a hospital, the victim underwent plastic surgery to her face. The woman claims she received no support from her employers who stated that, as a contract worker, she is not entitled to company health insurance. The attack occurred five months ago, and the victim says her medical expenses thus far exceed $87,000.

This woman has reportedly retained the services of a personal injury attorney to protect her interests and advocate on her behalf in pursuing financial relief. Any Rhode Island victim of a dog attack may follow the same route to holding the owner of the animal accountable. An experienced attorney will work to obtain compensation for medical expenses, lost income and other financial losses along with non-economic damages such as pain and suffering.

Source:, "'Handy' worker bitten by dog on the job pleads for help with rising medical bills", Arnold Diaz, April 11, 2016

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