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Old 07-29-2020, 03:20 PM
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So , hopefully a long story short. Was at a party at a friend of a friends house when his dog bit me on my calf. Wasnít really being aggressive, just got me as I walked by him. He had actually nipped my wife earlier putting a tiny tear in her jeans. Ended up at ER to get it cleaned out left a nice surface puncture took about 3-4 weeks to heal and left with a noticeable scar. Never heard from the guy to see about it at all. Now Iíve had this guy and wife at my house before , socialized etc. I sent him the ER bill of $350 when it arrived and a note asking for him to take care of it. Nothing! 2 weeks later I email him a copy of bill. 2 hours later I get a pen e mail from his lawyer saying that while he wonít admit responsibility, heís willing to compromise and pay the bill as long as I sign an attached 2 page release saying that I give up all claims for further compensation for medical , liability etc. Iím ready to just move on and say screw it, Iím not signing anything without an attorney looking at it, I donít have an attorney on retainer so it just seems like a hassle but Iím pissed the guys being a dick. I have no Intention of suing him Jesus, Just put the cash in my mailbox and forget about it . He knows where I live. Btw....heís an attorney also!
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Give him the finger and forget and ignore him.
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When I lived in Illinois, all dog bites were required to be reported. The dog then had to be quarantined regardless of shot status, It was major PITA.
There is doing the right thing and what he did is not it.
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Itís the attorney in him doing this.
Even though you have no intentions of suing him, he sees people who see free $$ for anything.
If itís a standard release form and they donít want witnesses to you singing .If you have a small child let them sign it and send it back.
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Let him know that you never thought about legal action until he brought it up. You will have to consider that now.
Your new attorney will be in touch. Then let him have some sleepless nights.
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Originally Posted by Lrivenbark View Post
Let him know that you never thought about legal action until he brought it up. You will have to consider that now.
Your new attorney will be in touch. Then let him have some sleepless nights.
This ^^^^^^^^^^
Old 07-29-2020, 04:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Davey jones View Post
So , hopefully a long story short. Was at a party at a friend of a friends house when his dog bit me on my calf. Wasnít really being aggressive, just got me as I walked by him. He had actually nipped my wife earlier putting a tiny tear in her jeans. Ended up at ER to get it cleaned out left a nice surface puncture took about 3-4 weeks to heal and left with a noticeable scar. Never heard from the guy to see about it at all. Now Iíve had this guy and wife at my house before , socialized etc. I sent him the ER bill of $350 when it arrived and a note asking for him to take care of it. Nothing! 2 weeks later I email him a copy of bill. 2 hours later I get a pen e mail from his lawyer saying that while he wonít admit responsibility, heís willing to compromise and pay the bill as long as I sign an attached 2 page release saying that I give up all claims for further compensation for medical , liability etc. Iím ready to just move on and say screw it, Iím not signing anything without an attorney looking at it, I donít have an attorney on retainer so it just seems like a hassle but Iím pissed the guys being a dick. I have no Intention of suing him Jesus, Just put the cash in my mailbox and forget about it . He knows where I live. Btw....heís an attorney also!

You do understand why he wants you to sign that right?

The average dog bite award is $39,000.
Even after your lawyer takes 1/3 that still puts $26,000 in your pocket.

His homeowner insurance may not pay if it's dog is a certain breed or he hasn't told them he has a dog...in all likelihood his dog will be put down as well.

Now since hes being a dick, be a dick back and get a lawyer. Your body is scarred, and you now have a fear of dogs and can no longer on a pet, or walk down some streets.

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F him, tell him to turn it over to his liability carrier. You were not being unreasonable and now he's being a dick.

They'll end up settling it for $5K and then you can sign a release.

If you are in FL, dog bites fall under Strict Liability, meaning unless you provoked the dog, the owner is 100% liable, period. What State did this occur?
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Breed of dog?

Square feet of house?

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With friends like that...
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I can't imagine owning a dog that would nip/bite at two different guests in my house, unprovoked - let alone during the same visit! WTF is wrong with people. Put the f'ing dog away somewhere if it can't be around strangers. Or get rid of it.

Too bad your friend of a friend isn't just a cool human being.



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Me thinks his dog has dine this before. Agree with most of the other posters.
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Devils advocate is the guy was nervous about what could happen after the incident and thought it would go away but contacted an attorney friend of his when he got your request who proceeded with a liability waiver as you described. Should he have talked to you- absolutely but fear got the best of him. Did you discuss the bill with him before you sent it? How good of friends are you is what it comes down to.
Iíve been through it but ultimately if it wasnít reported initially there isnít much recourse as ďI donít recallĒ becomes a standard answer.
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I'd let it go, pay the bill myself, and wouldn't associate with they guy again. Life is short. I'm not living it the hard way if I can avoid it.
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I would tell him to forget about the bill for your leg and wife's jeans. Ask him who his insurance carrier is because since he lawyered up you will do the same and will make a claim against his homeowners.
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I would have never thought to make the other person pay the ER bill, a few hundred dollars, just pay the bill and move on.
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Originally Posted by bakerjw View Post
When I lived in Illinois, all dog bites were required to be reported. The dog then had to be quarantined regardless of shot status, It was major PITA.
There is doing the right thing and what he did is not it.
^^^THIS! i'm actually surprised that the medical facility is not reporting it. it's required in maryland. we went through it with a friend's dog that nipped our daughter's hand. they lived on a large farm and could not find the dog, so we ended up having our daughter get the shots.

rabies is no joke. there is NO cure in humans once you become infected. there is a short window of time to receive the preventative shots...and based on the timeline in your email that window may already be closed...

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-...taking%20hold.
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Most states have what is commonly known as the "pork chop" exception to dog bites. Does that apply here, i.e., is your wife a little chunky?
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Originally Posted by Davey jones View Post
So , hopefully a long story short. Was at a party at a friend of a friends house when his dog bit me on my calf. Wasnít really being aggressive, just got me as I walked by him. He had actually nipped my wife earlier putting a tiny tear in her jeans. Ended up at ER to get it cleaned out left a nice surface puncture took about 3-4 weeks to heal and left with a noticeable scar. Never heard from the guy to see about it at all. Now Iíve had this guy and wife at my house before , socialized etc. I sent him the ER bill of $350 when it arrived and a note asking for him to take care of it. Nothing! 2 weeks later I email him a copy of bill. 2 hours later I get a pen e mail from his lawyer saying that while he wonít admit responsibility, heís willing to compromise and pay the bill as long as I sign an attached 2 page release saying that I give up all claims for further compensation for medical , liability etc. Iím ready to just move on and say screw it, Iím not signing anything without an attorney looking at it, I donít have an attorney on retainer so it just seems like a hassle but Iím pissed the guys being a dick. I have no Intention of suing him Jesus, Just put the cash in my mailbox and forget about it . He knows where I live. Btw....heís an attorney also!

Just move on and forget about it.

FWIW you started the douchebaggery by seeking payment of $350.
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I would have punched that dog square between the eyes when it nipped my wife- **** the owner- punch him too for letting people around a biter- and you were a dumbass for staying around a biting dog.
Now hire a damn lawyer- sue the sob and get your money since you didn't man up and take care of it then.

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