June 15, 2012 – Ona, W. Va. – A man has claimed that he sustained injuries due to a dog attack last year and is now suing the owners of the dog.
According to an article in The West Virginia Record, the victim, Stephen Hash, is an employee of West Virginia American Water and was reading water meters near the residence of Steven and Shannon Cooper. Hash said that the Coopers’ dog then appeared, growling with its teeth bared.
The dog then charged at Hash, who attempted to defend himself by swinging his meter wand. Hash stepped back away from the oncoming dog and slipped, falling onto his knee. According to his lawsuit, he sustained serious injuries in the fall. Hash is now suing the Coopers for his injuries, claiming that their negligence caused his pain.
The Coopers were in violation of West Virginia code because they didn’t properly secure their dog. According to Hash’s suit, they failed to maintain control of their animal, keep it in a secured area, and exercise ordinary care to keep and maintain the animal - all of which amounts to negligence.
Cabell Circuit Judge F. Jane Hustead will be hearing the case in the near future and will be deciding whether or not Hash should receive compensation.
If you’ve been injured in a dog attack in West Virginia, an attorney at the Miley Legal Group can assist you in getting the compensation you deserve. Call us today at 1-888-436-0859.