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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

$600,000 Structured Settlement (ultimately worth $1.3 million) for Boy Attacked by Dogs

Many of the cases that our firm has handled resulted in record breaking numbers in New York State, including the case we handled where we won for our client over $14 million dollars, which was the largest settlement in New York State History. Another one of our record settlements is the following dog bite case.

In a case that settled prior to jury selection, the lawyers at Buttafuoco and Associates were able to reach a significant settlement in the case of an 11 year old boy who was attacked by Rottweilers while playing with friends at a Queens, NY park. The dogs escaped from a nearby yard enclosed by a chain link fence and bit the boy repeatedly about the body. In an intense rescue effort, it took three grown men, including an off duty police officer, ten minutes to save the boy from the attacking dogs. After 9 days of hospitalization and treatment including stitches, tetanus shots, rabies shots, and psychological counseling, the boy remained traumatized and retains a large Z-shaped scar. One of the dogs was shot and killed by a police officer at the scene and the other was put to sleep by the ASPCA. The firm was prepared to call witnesses who lived near the defendant and could testify to the violent nature of the dogs. The case settled for a $600,000 structured settlement, ultimately worth $1.3 million. This is one of the largest reported dog bite cases in New York. If you or someone you know has been the victim of an animal attack, have them call us at 1-800-Now-Hurt for help so they can get the compensation they deserve!