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Monday, September 23, 2019

Del. woman settles with business owner whose dog allegedly attacked her

State Court

By Nicholas Malfitano | Sep 2, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – A Delaware plaintiff has settled her case against a Philadelphia business and its owner whose pet dog allegedly attacked her in the fall of 2017 and caused her permanent scarring and hip and leg injuries.

On March 14, Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Judge John M. Younge announced that the litigation between plaintiff Katrice Williams-Dredden and Jedidiah Weller and Webjunto, LLC had been settled prior to assignment for trial.

Five months later, on Aug. 21, plaintiff counsel filed a praecipe to mark the litigation as settled, discontinued and ended. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Williams-Dredden, of Wilmington, Del., initially filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on March 13, 2018 versus the defendants, both of Philadelphia.

Per the litigation, Williams-Dredden said she was a customer of the defendant business on Nov. 14, 2017, when Weller’s dog lunged at the plaintiff, biting her on each of her thighs. When Williams-Dredden tried to pull free of the dog’s grip, her hip was caused to pop, she says.

As a result, Williams-Dredden allegedly suffered puncture wounds to the inner thighs, permanent scarring and disfigurement, hip pain, right leg pain and weakness, post-traumatic anxiety and depression, severe damage to her nerves and nervous system, bruising, swelling, numbness, general discomfort, plus other ills and injuries.

Williams accused Weller of possessing a dog of a known vicious character, permitting the dog to attack her and failing to properly restrain and/or muzzle the dog, among numerous other charges.

Prior to settlement and for a single count of negligence, the plaintiff was seeking damages, jointly and/or severally, in excess of $50,000, plus interest and costs of suit.

The plaintiff was represented by Edith A. Pearce and Nicole Vitale of The Pearce Law Firm, in Philadelphia.

The defendant was represented by Walter H. Swayze III and Chester F. Darlington Jr. of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, in Wayne.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 180301424

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