Ajia Brown, a boy who was attacked by two pit bulls in Hanover, Pennsylvania, has settled his lawsuit against Marjorie Nicholson, who owns the property where the dog attack happened.
On Monday, Judge Penny Blackwell approved a $508,613 settlement between Ajia Brown and Travelers Insurance company representing Marjorie Nicholson, reports YorkDispatch.com.
Ajia was 8 years old when he was attacked on June 1, 2010, at Nicholson’s property. Her son, Chester Lavere Little, 50, lives there and kept two pit bulls, Angel and Midge, in a fenced-in yard.
A large portion of Ajia’s scalp was torn off during the dog attack, as was much of both ears, according to testimony. His mother, Elizabeth Brown, threw her body over Ajia’s to stop the savage attack while neighbors tried to scare away the dogs.
Brown also suffered a number of dog biteson her body while protecting her son.
Now 10 years old, Ajia has undergone 17 surgeries and 54 other procedures since the June 1, 2010, attack, according to his attorney, who says the boy will need at least one more surgery.
The Browns were visiting Nicholson when Ajia went outside to catch fireflies, according to testimony at Little’s criminal trial in April, when the dogs got out of their enclosure and attacked Ajia.
Responding police officers fatally shot one of the pit bulls, Midge, minutes after the dog attack. Little had taken the other pit bull, Angel, inside.
On April 24, Little was found guilty of harboring dangerous dogs, failing to vaccinate the dogs for rabies and failing to license them with the county.
The dangerous-dog conviction requires Little to keep a $50,000 liability insurance policy on Angel, muzzle her when in public, have a secure outdoor enclosure and submit to state inspections. The judge also ordered Little to pay $1,000 in fines, saying “it hardly seems adequate,” but that he was bound by the law.
This was a vicious dog bite attack that severely injured a little boy. Thankfully, his mother contacted an experienced attorney who was able to secure a settlement that would pay for the damages, including the boy’s massive medical bills.
If you or someone you love has been bitten by someone else’s dog make sure to document the injuries you incurred and consult an experienced attorney to see if you have grounds for a claim. The time you have to file a lawsuit is limited so it’s important that you do this without delay following a dog bite injury.
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