Structured Settlement For Boy Attacked By Rottweilers

In a case that settled prior to jury selection, the firm was able to reach a significant settlement in the case of an 11-year-old boy attacked by Rottweilers while playing with friends at a Queens 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—10 minutes to save the boy from the attacking dogs. After nine 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.