Dog Bite Defense Verdict

Halseth v. Lieurance, Multnomah County Case No. 16CV36264

Defendant Lieurance found a stray dog and took it home when animal control and the humane society would not take it.  She began searching for the dog’s owner. While in possession of the dog, Plaintiff Halseth came to visit the home and the dog bit him in the face.  Halseth claimed that Lieurance was negligent for failing to restrain the dog and failing to warn him about the dog. He claimed that Lieurance knew or should have known the dog was aggressive due to its breed and because it had been a stray.  He claimed that the bite caused him some loss of vision and disfigurement.  He sought $52,108.00 in past medical expenses, $50,400.00 for future medical expenses and $675,000 in non-economic damages.

Lieurance denied liability. She claimed that the dog had never been aggressive during the brief time she possessed it and she was, therefore, unaware that the dog was dangerous.  She further claimed that Halseth had provoked the dog prior to the bite.

Plaintiff’s Counsel – Gregory Kafoury, Jason Kafoury, and Mark McDougal

Defense Counsel – Cliff J. Wilson

Verdict – Defense Verdict

Date – December 7, 2017

February 16, 2018

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