A construction worker at a condominium complex was attacked by a pit bull. The dog bit him and knocked him backward onto the ground, causing injuries to his right shoulder, neck and back. An MRI revealed a torn rotator cuff of the right shoulder. Although surgery was recommended, the plaintiff did not proceed with the surgery. He also had a small permanent scar on his left thigh from the dog bite. He treated with a chiropractor for his back injury.
The court awarded $16,100.00 in economic damages and $60,000.00 in non-economic damages, as well as costs of $588.00. The defendant dog owner did not appear and was defaulted. The condominium association settled prior to the courtside trial.
Garmakani v. Hollister Munn & Bunker Hill Properties, LLC, February 11, 2016