Monday 27 January 2020

Dog attack victim gets €234,000

(Stock picture)
(Stock picture)

Tim Healy

A woman attacked by two boxer dogs as she walked on a quiet rural road has been awarded more than €234,000 damages.

The dogs repeatedly bit the woman in the head, face, arms and legs and she gave evidence that she was terrified during the ordeal.

Mr Justice Anthony Barr directed the woman not be identified, for reasons including she suffered a moderate form of post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the "vicious" attack.

In his judgment on the sum of damages, Mr Justice Barr noted liability was not an issue in the case against the dog owners and the dogs had been put down.

"She had extensive lacerations and bruising to her face and body.

"Her young children were frightened to come close to her," he said.

Awarding a total €234,557, Mr Justice Barr said the woman had stated she was still very afraid of dogs and if she met them on the streets she would avert her eyes and pull her hands into her sleeves and walk away.

He added the woman had not tried to embellish the details.

Irish Independent

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