(PRWEB) May 07, 2013
d’Oliveira & Associates recovered a settlement of $100,000 for one of their East Providence clients (East Providence Municipal Court, RI Case: #EP-11929). According to the complaint, the injury occurred during a family visit where a dog, with no prior history of bites, leaped over an indoor barrier and bit a small child in the face. After being transported to a local Children’s Hospital, where he was examined by officials and the lacerations were closed, the parents were instructed to bring the child back to clinics for follow-ups.
The client’s family contacted the law offices of d’Oliveira & Associates and Attorney Robin Gouveia was able to bring a claim on the child’s behalf with the parents. Eventually, the insurance company settled for $100,000, of which a significant amount of the settlement is being placed in a structured account for the child.
Moreover, in open court when the judge was approving the case, he took time to praise Attorney Robin Gouveia for getting such a large amount of money for the boy. The judge stated that this case was in fact a defensible case, as the dog had never bitten anyone before and RI has a one bite rule. In other words, an owner of a dog is not put on notice that the dog has a propensity to bite someone until they actually do bite someone. He openly expressed approval in how Attorney Gouveia not only reduced her fee, but the way she handled the case, which compelled the insurance company to do the right thing and pay out a large sum for this small child’s injuries. As the parties were leaving the courtroom, many other attorneys, in joining with their approval of Attorney Gouveia, noted that this was extremely rare for this Judge to do.
Attorney Paul d’Oliveira stated that “I think Attorney Gouveia did an awesome job regarding this case as RI does have a ‘one-bite’ rule and had we gone to trial, a jury may have held that the owner was not liable as the dog had never bitten anyone before. I am also happy that the settlement was structured, so that the money will be invested for the child and he will get the money when he is older.”
If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, the personal injury and dog bite attorneys at d’Oliveira & Associates want you to know that you may be entitled to compensation. d’Oliveira & Associates is a Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts law firm that focuses on personal injury and disability cases, including auto accidents, dog bites, and slip and falls as well as other types of negligence cases. They also handle social security disability cases. Working with some of the most experienced attorneys handling some of these cases today, the attorneys at d’Oliveira & Associates want to ensure you are afforded the legal representation you deserve and with a “No Win, No Fee Promise,” they will not charge you until you receive a settlement or award.
For a free legal consultation, call 1-800-992-6878 or visit their website at dmlaw.com.
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