In 2011, a Nevada man took legal action against the owner of a German Pointer that bit him in multiple areas of his arms and legs. The victim had a pre-existing injury to his spine, which was re-injured when he fell backwards during the attack. This led the plaintiff to request compensation for over 75 thousand dollars for medical care, in addition to 850 thousand dollars in punitive damages.
This was not the first time the German Pointer had bitten. In fact, this victim happened to be the fourth person that the dog had bombarded, and yet one more person was hurt after him.
A settlement conference was arranged by the Washoe District Court on April 30th, 2014. The insurance company of the defendant was supposed to have a rep from their office present to negotiate a proper settlement amount (up to one million dollars). After spending ten hours in the conference, the realization surfaced that this particular representative only had the authority to settle for an amount up to 600 thousand dollars.
When talk about the settlement possibly being higher than that arose, the rep asked for two days to put further efforts into the settlement, which delayed the matter from being resolved. The judge found this to be highly inconvenient, and gave the company a fee of $50,000 for bad faith and contempt.
The law in Nevada states that a dog bite victim may be entitled to compensation from the dog’s owner if it can be proved that the owner was negligent. Therefore, if you are bitten, consulting an attorney such as Ed Bernstein is your best bet.
In this case, the trial date for this case was set June of 2014. Very unfortunately, the dog in question was euthanized before his owner went before the judge.