A trial is now underway for two Siena Heights University athletes who reportedly suffered severe dog bites in 2010. According to reports, the students—Kyle Smith and Jasmine Caldwell—were severely mauled during a workout as they jogged past the dogs’ home. The students are suing the university because—according to their attorneys—the mauling occurred as a result of university-related activity. “The evidence will show these two young people still have considerable impacts from being mauled by dogs,” said one of the attorneys.
Who is Responsible? – Dog Bite Lawyer Responds
For its part, Siena Heights denies any culpability in this matter. The school claims it is not responsible because the students were injured after leaving the campus. It’s a fairly complex matter. On the one hand, universities have a responsibility to protect their athletes, particularly when it comes to athletic pursuits. The students (according to their attorneys) were instructed by the university to jog this particular route. But it’s also important to point out that maulings like these are typically indicative of negligence on the part of the dog owners. Furthermore, Michigan is a strict liability state, which means that dog owners typically bear legal responsibility when their dogs attack.
“The university did the things it could to address the issues as they became aware of it,” said an attorney for the defense. “The university did everything it could to take care of the students after it found out about the situation.”
Unfortunately, I don’t have all of the details of the case, but one thing is for certain: the victims are not at fault, and they deserve a fair hearing. The trial has just reached its second week, and the jury is set to begin hearing defense witnesses on December 18th. Ultimately, the decision rests in their hands.
Have You Suffered a Dog Bite?
Dog bites can take a very serious toll. This toll is physical, financial, and even psychological (the trauma can last a lifetime). If you have been bitten by a dog, you should consult with a qualified dog bite attorney immediately. Find out if you have a case, and determine if you may be entitled to compensation. Most importantly, don’t fight the battle alone.