Woman Bitten By Dog In Wilsonville Park Sues Owners for $125,000
Date: March 2014
Location: Sofia Park in Wilsonville
Name: Jennifer Eckel
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:
- Seek immediate medical attention.
- Take notes on the incident, including what you remember about the dog, the location, and the circumstances.
- Get the names and contact information of any witnesses.
- Get the name and contact info. of the dog’s owner/handler.
- 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.
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