Judge allows multiple theories for punitive damages by dog bite victim

Posted on: July 14th, 2014       Attorney Thomas Newell

The Pennsylvania Record 7/11/14

“I am unaware of any prior court decisions allowing a dog bite victim to pursue punitive damages via multiple legal theories,” said Newell in a statement. “Equally important is my belief that this is the first Pennsylvania legal opinion that allows a dog bite victim to pursue a punitive damage claim without proof of any prior or subsequent physical attack upon another person or animal.”

According to court documents, FedEx delivery person Mandy Bitting entered the property of Clifford Schaffner on Nov. 21, 2012, to drop off a package at the front door, per company policy. Three adult boxers were not visible when Bitting entered the property, but they allegedly came out of nowhere and began attacking and biting her, the lawsuit says. They only stopped when Schaffner called and restrained them.

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