Woman Bitten By Dog In Wilsonville Park Sues Owners for $125,000

Date: March 2014

Location: Sofia Park in Wilsonville

Name: Jennifer Eckel

Woman Bitten By Dog In Wilsonville Park Sues Owners for $125,000


Back in March, Jennifer Eckel was walking in Wilsonville’s Sofia Park when a terrier mixed breed male dog bit her hand. Eckel claims that the dog’s owner, Jon and Michelle Pippert, failed to properly train their dog and that letting a dangerous animal run in the park is a violation of Wilsonville and Clackamas County ordinances.

Eckel alleges she received a large puncture wound and laceration to her left hand and thumb that required six stitches to close. She also claims the bite damaged her tendons and has a restricted range of motion and a loss of sensation in her hand.

Eckel filed a claim earlier this month and is seeking $25,000 for medical expenses and $100,000 in non-economic damages.

Dog bites can be scary, and the injuries can be serious. But the dog owners can be held accountable for all damages, and may be held responsible for paying expenses like medical bills.

Here’s what to do if you have been bitten by a dog:

  1. Seek immediate medical attention.
  2. Take notes on the incident, including what you remember about the dog, the location, and the circumstances.
  3. Get the names and contact information of any witnesses.
  4. Get the name and contact info. of the dog’s owner/handler.
  5. Take photos of the injury.

Like other personal injury cases, dog bite injury victims are entitled to economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. Non-economic damages include pain, suffering, embarrassment (like from unsightly scarring), etc. In some very rare cases, you may also be entitled to punitive damages so talk to our Portland dog bite attorneys for a free evaluation.

About Sean DuBois

Sean is a personal injury attorney in Portland, OR. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as Oregon Rising Stars for the past four years because of his dedication to justice and fair compensation for his clients. If you need to speak with a lawyer about your injury case, Sean can be reached at 503-222-4411.

Posted on September 2, 2014, in Portland personal injury attorneys and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: