PMB woman attacked by dogs to get R175 000

2015-10-06 09:45

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Pietermaritzburg - A Himeville woman will receive R175 000 in damages arising from an incident where she was severely bitten by a neighbour’s dogs.

Sylvia Codeghini was 81 years old when the incident happened on November 14, 2012.

According to court papers, she was bitten on her “head, ear and body” by two dogs of unknown breed.

Her attorney Anthony Irons confirmed that she underwent three operations as a result of the bites, lost half her ear and had to undergo skin grafts.

She was attacked on the street while walking her own dogs.

The owners of the dogs concerned, Peter and Patricia Hampson, initially defended the court case on the grounds that Codeghini had been walking her own dogs, which were not on leads, when she was attacked.

They alleged that a fight had ensued between their dogs and hers, and that she had intervened while “fully aware of the risks of intervening between fighting dogs”.

In papers in support of her damages claim, Codeghini said the Hampsons were negligent as they should have known that their dogs were likely to be vicious at times and bite strangers if they left their own property.

It was alleged that they failed to guard against the possibility that the dogs could get out of the yard, and had a duty to ensure that the animals could not run out when the driveway gates were open.

Codeghini’s initial claim was for R296 294, but accepted a total payment of R175 000 in an out-of-court settlement on Monday. Of this, R100 000 was for medical expenses and R75 000 for “general damages”

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