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Wrongful Death Suit: Dog Bit Man’s Finger, Causing Fatal Infection

Posted Sep 10, 2010 6:28 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Corrected: When a coonhound owned by Konrad Haskins bit Daniel Bork, it seemed to Haskins that a sanitizer wipe and a $20 bill were all that was needed to repair the damage, his lawyer told the Seattle Times.

Meanwhile, the dog also allegedly bit another man with a similar name, Kenneth Bock, on the same day, in the same location. But that bite proved to be much more serious, contends a Washington state lawsuit (which also stated that Bork was compensated $100).

The next day Bock went to the hospital with severe leg pain, and medical personnel there diagnosed sepsis as a result of the dog bite, the suit contends. Bock died nine days after that, allegedly as a result of the dog bite.

Attorney Gary Trabolsi represents Haskins in the Snohomish County Superior Court case. He says the coonhound was in his client's vehicle when Bock reached through an open window toward the animal and was bitten, the newspaper reports.

"Before you pet a dog, especially on somebody else's property, you need to make sure that's OK with the owner," says Trabolsi.

Corrected on Sept. 24 to reflect that two different men with similar names were allegedly bitten by Haskins' dog on the same day in the same location.


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