$20,000 Union County, North Carolina Dog Bite Settlement is Reached in 5-Year-Old’s Waxhaw Wrongful Death

February 15, 2012, by Michael A. DeMayo

The family of 5-year-old Makayla Woodard has reached a $20,000 North Carolina wrongful death settlement with the owner of the two pit bulls that attacked her and her grandmother.  The incident happened on January 12, 2011. Woodard’s 67-year-old grandmother, Nancy Presson, survived the Waxhaw dog attack with serious injuries.

Meantime, the  dogs’ owner, Michael Gordon, is charged with involuntary manslaughter over the tragic North Carolina dog mauling. His homeowner’s insurance will be providing the money to pay the settlement.

The Charlotte Observer reports that prior to the Union County, North Carolina dog attack, neighbors had complained that the pit bulls were allowed to roam free. Although Gordon’s property has a fence, he has acknowledged that the animals were known to jump over it.

According to DogsBite.org, pit bulls are one of the most deadly dog breeds. The Web site reports that its research indicates that between 2005 and 2011, 73% of dog attacks resulting in fatalities involved both pit bull terriers and rottweilers. However, the Web site is quick to point out that pit bulls and their mixes are responsible for over twice as many dog attack incidents as those involving rottweilers.

Because North Carolina has a dog bite statue that protects owners from liability to a certain degree, it is important that you or your loved one is represented by an experienced Union County, NC personal injury law firm that understands the nature of dog attacks and despite the existing dog bite law knows how to successfully work with the legal system to help you or your injured family member recover all of the compensation that you are owed.

Per the statute, a dog owner can be held strictly liable for dog injuries to a person if he/she purposely allowed a canine over 6-months of age to run at large at night. If the owner’s dog did not violate the running at large prohibition, strict liability can exist but the animal needs to have seriously injured or killed a person, been declared “potentially dangerous” in the past due to previous behavior, or was used for dog fighting. A dog can be deemed “potentially dangerous” if it has caused terror to a human being when not on the owner’s property, seriously injured or killed another animal, or bitten a person and caused disfiguring lacerations or broken bones that warranted hospitalization and/or surgery.

As you can see, these stipulations can be tough to get around. Yet they cannot negate the seriousness of injuries, pain, suffering, disfigurement, and loss that can result when a dog attacks a human being. The sooner you start exploring your legal options, the better for you and your family.

Family of 5-year-old killed by pit bulls get $20,000 settlement, Charlotte Observer, February 8, 2012

Michael Gordon indictment, WBTV


NC girl dies after pit bull attack, grandmother severely injured, WISTV, January 13, 2011
More Blog Posts:

Waxhaw Pit Bull Attack Leaves 5-Year-Old Dead and Her Grandmother with Serious Injuries, December 1, 2010

Union County, North Carolina Dog Bite Lawsuit Blames School Staff for Incident on the Playground, North Carolina Injury Lawyer Blog, August 31, 2011

Eye Complications Can Develop in Children Suffering from North Carolina Dog Bite Injuries to the Face, North Carolina Injury Lawyer Blog, October 29, 2010


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