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An adult female suffered facial scarring and multiple surgeries from a dog attack

Walton v. Erickson

Type of Case:
Animals - Dog Bite


Specific Liability:
Negligence and Negligence pe se

General Injury:
Facial Scarring; Laceration: Face; Animal-Related: Face: Bite(s) to One Area of Body

Jurisdiction:
State: Arizona
Court: Superior Court of Arizona, Maricopa County.

Related Court Documents:
Plaintiff's complaint: 2014 WL 12684120
Joint pretrial statement 2017 WL 1366406
Verdict form: 2017 WL 1366902

Case Name:
Walton v. Erickson

Docket/File Number:
CV-2014-014446

Result:
Plaintiff, $385,000

Result Date:
March 01, 2017

Judge:
James T. Blomo

Attorneys:
Plaintiff: Brett L. Slavicek, The Slavicek Law Firm, Phoenix, AZ
Plaintiff: James E. Fucetola, The Slavicek Law Firm, Phoenix, AZ
Defendant: William D. Holm, Jones, Skelton & Hochuli P.L.C., Phoenix, AZ
Defendant: Chelsey M. Golightly, Jones, Skelton & Hochuli P.L.C., Phoenix, AZ
Defendant:Jacob L. Speckhard, Jones, Skelton & Hochuli P.L.C., Phoenix, AZ

Result Type:
Jury Trial

Experts:
Plaintiffs: Not reported.
Defendants: Not reported.

Breakdown of Result:
Compensatory Pain & Suffering: $385,000

Summary of Facts:
Dana Walton, an adult female, allegedly suffered lacerations to her face, which required three surgeries and future surgery, and resulted in permanent disfigurement, pain, numbness and asymmetry, and emotional distress, as a result of being attacked by a dog owned by defendants Ryan Erickson and Misty Erickson. The plaintiff contended that the defendants knew their dog had dangerous propensities and a vicious nature and were negligent and negligent per se in they way they handled the dog. The court granted the plaintiff's motion for partial summary judgment as to strict liability. The defendants contended the plaintiff was exaggerating her claims and damages.

Court: Superior Court of Arizona, Maricopa County.

Westlaw Citation:
2017 WL 1387123


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