Our client, Jackson, was five years old and riding his bicycle on his neighborhood sidewalk in Chesterfield. As he was riding past a neighbor’s home, a Labrador Retriever ran out of the defendants’ home, chased Jackson down, and dragged him from his bicycle by biting him on his knee and ankle. Jackson was taken to the emergency room, but they were unable to stitch the wounds because of the concern of infection.
When confronted before litigation, the defendant dog owner believed that his dog only “pushed him down” and refused to turn the claim into his homeowner’s insurance. As a result, Cantor Injury Law immediately filed a lawsuit against the defendant dog owner (which was quickly turned into his homeowner’s insurance after defendants were served).
The five-year-old plaintiff had $1,700.00 in total bills and $1,200.00 in paid medical. The case resolved shortly before trial at a court-ordered mediation for $50,000.00. The medical expenses were for one emergency room visit and one follow up with his pediatrician, but Cantor Injury Law was able to obtain a large settlement for Jackson by leveraging the defendants’ conduct after the bite, and focusing on the long-term mental and physical effects of a childhood trauma. Call one of our St. Louis dog bite lawyers if something like this happens to you.