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Pennsylvania families estranged because of personal injury suit

Two Pennsylvania families who were once close are no longer so because of an incident that triggered a personal injury suit. The personal injury suit was filed by the parents of a young girl who was seriously wounded while visiting the house of the defendants. The compensation amount received will not only pay for legal and medical fees, but will be used for the injured girl's higher education.

The girl, who was seven years of age at the time, had gone to the defendants' house to play with their child. Allegedly, after knocking on the screen door, the girl was told to come in the house. When she entered, a pit bull apparently ran at her and bit off part of her nose and tore at her face. The pit bull was one of three the family owned.

Surgery was performed immediately after the girl was taken to the hospital. The nose was reattached, however she has had to endure 23 intensive procedures designed to regrow tissue in the nasal area. The girl will have to wait a few years for her next surgery, which will be reconstructive, as her nose has not yet completely formed.

Representation for the plaintiffs had tried to gain compensation from the company that holds the homeowners insurance for the defendants but the company did not respond until the suit was filed. The company has paid nearly $300,000 for damages; however, the judge in the case still has to give his approval for the settlement amount. Such compensation could prove helpful for the Pennsylvania girl that suffered personal injury while reportedly on the other family's property.

Source: The Pennsylvania Record, Family of young Pa. girl who lost portion of nose in dog attack secures $300K settlement, Jon Campisi, Nov. 15, 2013

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