The sheer size and force of some dog attacks leaves the bones of their victims vulnerable to fracture and tearing. Not that much power is required to break a bone so it is not surprising that we see so many in dog attacks such as in the following cases with represent a collection of settlements and verdicts gathered from various Illinois jurisdictions involving cases where people have suffered broken bones in dog bite attacks.
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Alger vs. Levin; Cook County; $25,409 JURY AWARD
Postal workers take a lot of jokes but in this case one took a lot more. A postal employee was on her route when a dog attacked her as she entered the property of the animal’s owner. The dog ran up, bit, and attacked her. She sustained a broken bone in her knee and a scar across the back of her leg. Due to Illinois’ strict liability statute with dog animals, the defendant owner could not argue that he was not liable for the incident but he still did try to make the case that the plaintiff was exaggerating the scope and size of her injuries. The jury awarded the plaintiff $25,409 in the following fashion:
- Medical Costs:
- Lost Wages:
- Pain and Suffering:
M.B. vs. Modrusic; Madison County; $30,000 Jury Award
A child was riding his bike along a street in a rural town in Illinois when a dog ran up and attacked him. The collision threw the little boy off his bike and broke his collarbone. Apparently, the dog chased the boy for a while before eventually catching and overtaking him. The parents of the victim filed a lawsuit against dog’s owners under the Illinois Animal Control Act. The suit alleged that the owners knew that children were playing in the area and still not put their dog on a leash, instead allowing it to roam free and potentially harm others. The jurors found in favor of the child and awarded him $30,000-$24,000 for medical costs and $6,000 for pain and suffering.
Quigley vs. Fox; Lake County; $131,000 Jury Award
This sad tale involved a little girl and a dog named T-Bone. The girl was staying over at a friend’s house when the dog came into the bedroom and viciously attacked her. She sustained many injuries including: broken bones, disfigurement, and a lot of pain and suffering. At the subsequent trial, her counsel claimed that the owners of the dog knew it had a violent history but failed to adequately secure it from visitors such as the plaintiff. Pursuant to the Family Expense Act, their lawsuit sought more than $50,000 for loss of normal life, pain and suffering, disability and disfigurement, and other related damages. Because the dog bite statute implicates strict liability, the jury only had to consider the extent of the plaintiff’s injuries and the amount of damages they thought were appropriate. They awarded her $131,000 for the following damages:
- Medical Costs:
- Loss of Normal Life
- Pain and Suffering
Antell vs. Artman; Dupage County; $70,000 Settlement
A large dog in this incident savagely attacked 5-year-old girl. She was at the defendant’s house as an invited guest and, according to witnesses, did not provoke the dog just prior to the attack. The animal viciously went after the little girl’s face and even broke a bone. She was required to undergo reconstructive surgery to undo the damage done. To recover for these damages, the parents of the child filed a lawsuit under Animal Control Act. The defendants tried to weaken the argument that the dog was not provoked but that did not go very far because the victim was so young. They soon realized the writing was on the wall and settled with the plaintiffs for $70,000.
Pfluger vs. Oakman; Winnebago County; $135,000 Jury Award
This case actually tested the notion of provocation under the Illinois Animal Control Act. The plaintiff was playing with her dog on her own property when the defendant walked by with her dog, a Rottweiler. The Rottweiler ran up and attacked the plaintiff, causing significant scarring and a dislocated and broken bone. She sued the owner of the dog that attacked her under the Animal Control Act, arguing that the defendant should have better trained, leashed, or otherwise controlled the attacking animal. The defendant denied that the Rottweiler attacked the plaintiff and also alleged that the plaintiff provoked the incident. Thus, the question of fact regarding provocation went to the jury. They found in favor of the plaintiff for $135,000.
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