CT Injury Law: Teen Tries to Collect $137,000 Dog Bite

2012-08-14 | Matthew J. O'Keefe

Category: Animal and Dog Attacks

Matthew J. O'Keefe

CT Injury Law: Teen Tries to Collect $137,000 Dog Bite

Linda Senquiz, PPA of Stefini Senquiz v. Daniel Thomas et al:

A 13 year old girl who was badly injured by a pit bull has been awarded more than $137,000 for her injuries but now must fight to recover any of the money from the defaulting defendants.

On February 8, 2010, Stefini Senquiz went to visit her friend, Ebonee Tomas, in a three family house in West Haven.  Thomas lived in an apartment in the house with her father, Daniel.

Both defendants defaulted after no-showing in court in 2011.  At a hearing on damages earlier this year before Judge Trial Referee David W. Skolnick, Senquiz testified that she experienced discomfort in her arm for an extended period after the biting incident.  She also showed the scar to Skolnick; it measured 15 centimeters long and six centimeters wide.  Photos of the bite area after surgery were also presented to the judge.  In a written decision this spring, Skolnick, who described Brees as a dog coming from “a breed known for its pugnacious disposition when confronting strangers,” awarded $2,430 for economic damages and $135,000 for non-economic damages, totaling $137,430.

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Although animal-attack claims most commonly involve dog bites, many other types of domesticated animals, such as ferrets, cats, and even birds, can also bite humans. Even nondomesticated animals, such as large cats ordinarily found in the wild, but owned by some people as pets have been known to attack children and adults. An owner’s liability for injuries caused by his or her pet, if any, will vary greatly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. A lawyer from Jackson O’Keefe in Hartford, Connecticut, who is experienced in dog bite and personal injury law is an excellent source for accurate advice and information in animal attack cases, including when under certain circumstances, strict liability may apply for injuries caused by animals in Connecticut.

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