Settlement Reached for client bitten by a pit bull

Last updated on: September 13, 2019



The Client: J.N.

The Case: Dog Bite

The Injuries: Injuries to left wrist, left forearm, and right hand, fractured phalanx bone in middle finger of right hand and multiple hand and wrist surgeries

Case Result: Settlement reached in favor of J.N.



While sitting on her back porch with her dog, our client heard another dog barking and banging itself against the fence between her property and her neighbor’s property. The dog in the neighboring property continued to bang against the fence. Shortly after, our client heard a wooden plank crack, and when she looked towards the fence, she saw two planks of the wooden fence break.

Alarmed at the broken fence, she called her own dog to go inside. As she did this, a pit bull mix and another dog walked through the break in the fence. The pit bull proceeded to the porch and attacked our client’s dog.

As our client attempted to lift her dog into her arms, the pit bull clamped it’s jaws onto our client’s right hand.

Another occupant of the house heard the commotion and rushed to attempt to remove the dog from our client’s hand. As he fought to free our client’s hand from the dog’s jaws, the dog then bit down on his right arm, injuring this second person.

After they had gotten the dog to release its grip, the police and emergency services arrived and took our client to a medical center for treatment.

In this case, our client sought compensation from the owner of the escaped dog because the dog was confined to his property in such a way that it had access to our client’s yard. The fence was not secure, and the dog was able to scratch and chew a hole in the fence to gain access to our client’s property. Taking all this into account, the owner of the pit bull did not take proper measures to secure their dog.


This case settled in pre-litigation, and our client received compensation for:

  • medical expenses;
  • pain and suffering; and
  • psychological trauma.

A Message from J.N.

‘You are all amazing!!!! Great job, everyone!!!!’



Below are some frequently asked questions related to dog bites

Q: What is the average compensation for a dog bite?

A: The compensation that you may seek after a dog bite will depend on the circumstances of the incident and the injuries sustained. In general, more severe injuries may lead to a higher settlement, while minor injuries may lead to a lower settlement. This is because more serious injuries tend to lead to increased medical expenses, more time off work, and more future medical expenses.

To learn more about your case and to help determine an estimated case value, speak with an attorney.

Q: Should I get a lawyer for a dog bite?

A: If you are unsure of your legal rights, it is advised that you seek the help of a lawyer. This is because dog bite laws can differ in different states. Moreover, attempting to negotiate with insurance companies on your own can be frustrating. Insurance companies tend to try to settle quickly, and in doing so, they may offer you less than your case is worth. A lawyer can investigate your case to seek the maximum compensation that your situation allows.

In investigating your case, a lawyer can help you:

  • collect evidence;
  • prove that the dog was ‘at large’ when it attacked you;
  • seek proof that the owner was negligent in keeping the dog contained;
  • use experts needed to prove your case; and
  • help you seek the maximum compensation for your injuries.


Our attorneys can help you understand your case, talk you through the process of seeking compensation, help you establish liability, and even help you understand the estimated value of your case.

Contact Zinda Law Group today or call 888-281-6991 for a FREE consultation regarding your potential case. As one of our clients, you will pay nothing unless we win your case.

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