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A dog attack in West Virginia sadly can lead to serious injuries that leave a person incapacitated for an extended period of time. The scars left behind after dog bites can be both physical and emotional. One veterinary student at a university in another state was bitten by a dog during an evaluation.

The dog that bit the student belonged to another student clinician. After the dog bite occurred, the faculty administrative board determined that the student clinician who owned the German Shepherd had been in violation of the college’s honor code; this is because she failed to disclose that the dog had problems related to dominance aggression before allowing a fellow student to evaluate it. The owner of the dog was thus suspended for two years.

The suspended student, in turn, filed a suit against the university. In the suit, she claimed that the university had breached its contract with her and dealt with her in a fraudulent manner. However, a federal judge dismissed the $500,000 suit.

The student who was bitten by the dog has the right to file a liability claim against the dog owner, pursuing damages. The state of West Virginia imposes strict liability on owners of dogs that cause injuries due to dog bites, particularly if the dog had demonstrated dangerous conduct in the past. Financial restitution from a legal case that is fought victoriously, based on a showing of negligence, might include monetary relief, which may help the injured party to cover the cost of treatment required for the dog bite injuries.

Source: ithacavoice.com, “Cornell wins federal lawsuit involving dog bite, Honor Code“, Jeff Stein, Aug. 25, 2015