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Camryn Hansen

Maryland Family Sues Apartment Owners for $Half a Million Over Bedbugs

A couple in Howard County, Maryland is suing the owners of their apartment complex for $500 thousand dollars, claiming that the owners didn’t properly treat a bedbug infestation in…

Mike Ferrara

911 Liability – PA Woman With MS Calls 911 When Bed Catches Fire – Her Call Put on Hold And She Burns To Death Waiting

Everyone around the country must learn about the Brenda Orr tragedy. In Bucks County, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia, Brenda Orr placed a call to 911 when her bed caught on fire. She suffered from MS and was unable to get out of bed. Her 911 call went to the Bucks County dispatchers who could have answered her desparate call for help. Her call rang for 30 seconds and no one answered. …

Mike Ferrara

Woman's Face Bitten By Bulldog – Receives $1M Settlement

A California woman received a $1 million dollar settlment for injuries she received after being bitten in the face by a 90 pound bulldog. The dog’s owner who was 19 at the time, was indicted on a felony charge. Her mother, who bought the dog, was also indicted. Both criminal charges were eventually reduced. The settlement was paid by the homeowner’s insurance company. Most folks do…

Mike Ferrara

New Jersey Dog Bite Law Tough On Homeowners – Check Your Homeowners Insurance Policy

New Jersey has a dog bite law with teeth. If your dog bites someone, you are legally responsible. Unlike some states, New Jersey does not allow a dog “one free bite”. Be certain you contact your homeowners insurance company to make sure your homeowners policy covers injuries and lawsuits caused by dog bites. There was a recent Hawaii jury verdict of $800,000 to the victim of someone…

Mike Ferrara

Pit Bull Bites Woman In Face – Unprovoked Attack Will Lead To Lawsuit

A Minnesota woman was bitten in the face by a pit bull as she sat in a chair in her backyard. Police Chief Paul Phillipp of the Austin Police Department said the attack was unprovoked. Tanya Phillips, 34, required six stitches to her lower lip and other treatment at Austin Medical Center to a wound near her right eye. Homeowners are encouraged to be certain that injuries caused by dog…

Mike Ferrara

Jury Selection Begins in Horrific BP Texas Explosion Case – 15 Workers Killed and 170 Injured in Blast

In March, 2005 one of the most serious refinery explosions in history occurred at the BP (NYSE: BP) refinery in Texas City, Texas. It killed 15 and injured 170. To BP’s credit, they have accepted personal responsibilty for what happened and have paid over $2 billon to those harmed and the families of those who died. This trial involves five cases that have not settled and is the first…

Mike Ferrara

Stop The Dog Bite Madness – 4.7M Dog Bites A Year Far Too Many

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there are 4.7 million dog bites a year, 800,000 of which require medical attention. That is 2191 bites a day. Every day. Of these, half involve kids. Of the children bitten, two thirds between the ages 5 and 9 are bitten in the head and neck. There are 386,000 bites that require trips to the ER and a dozen die each year. …

Mike Ferrara

City Attorney Gives Two Minute Closing Argument – Backfires as Jury Awards $3.7M

A Florida jury awarded a 38 year old Florida woman $3.7 million dollars for horrendous injuries suffered after being bitten by two Rottwellers. The jury found the City of Delray Beach 60% at fault and the dog owner 40% at fault. The evidence showed that city officials were on notice, from prior incidents, that the dogs were dangerous and did nothing about it. The City Attorney in a two…

Mike Ferrara

National Dog Bite Week – 4.7M Bites A Year Is Way Too Many

Arf Arf. America’s dog owners need to do a better job keeping their dogs under control. One group that is not happy is the National Association Letter Carriers who report that 3154 of their letter carriers got biten last year. In all, there were 4.7M dog bite victims in 2006. Since this is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, all dog owners need to re-evaluate what they need to do…

Mike Ferrara

Dog Bite Victim? What Should I Do?

As warm weather approaches there will be more incidents of folks that are victims of dog bites. You must get immediate medical attention and demand proof from the dog’s owner that the dog had the proper rabies shots. Make certain you correctly identify the dog’s owner. Under most circumstances, the home owner’s insurance company will pay all the medical bills, together with additional…