The Superior Court of New London, Connecticut, has just awarded a dog bite victim more than $259,000 for her injuries. The victim was likely represented by one of the best dog bite lawyer Denver Colorado trusts.
Seventy-three-year-old Jacqueline Poisson, a retired social worker who lived on her own before the incident but has since had to move in with a family member, was walking her dog Isabelle in March of 2012 when she saw Elizabeth Schramm with her dog, Bella. While Schramm was across the street, Poisson decided to go the other way. As Poisson walked past the Schramm home, her dog, Isabelle, began to bark, and it was then that Schramm’s other dog, a sheltie mix named Toby, got away from Schramm’s 12-year-old son in the family’s yard and attacked Poisson. The dog went right for the 73-year-old woman, biting her in the stomach and genital area. She also suffered a head injury after falling and was unable to get up on her own.
Poisson was driven to the hospital by Elizabeth’s husband Dwayne, where she was treated for injuries that were described by Superior District Court Judge Timothy D. Bates as “gruesome.” She also suffered a concussion as a result of being knocked to the ground by the dog and has since had memory troubles and problems taking care of herself. Shortly after the incident, she moved in with her daughter for assistance and has lived with one of her children ever since.
The dangerous dog in this case, Toby, was put down after attacking the animal control officer who responded to the incident. The dog had previously attacked two other people, and an animal control officer testified that the owners had been warned at the time of the previous attacks to always keep the dog close by when other people were around. According to the officer, state dog laws require the animals to be kept under control by an adult, but on the day of the dog bite, Toby had been left in the control of a 12-year-old boy.
Poisson filed her case against the Schramms and Jose and Margarida Gonsalves, who are relatives of the Schramms who also owned the home in which the dog lived. The insurer of the home claimed the Gonsalves were not liable in this case, but the judge did not agree as the dog had been a family pet in the home for five years. The defendants also alleged that Poisson was tormenting Toby because her dog, Isabelle, was barking, but the judge decided a dog barking while being with its owner legally and in public did not rise to the level of torment as set out in state laws. He awarded Poisson $250,000 for her pain and suffering and $9,583 for medical expenses that were not covered by any insurance.
Dog bites can have lasting consequences for victims beyond medical bills, something that Judge Bates specifically noted in his ruling on this case. If you or a family member has been hurt by a dangerous dog, speak to an experienced attorney about your case today as you may be entitled to compensation.
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