• Joe Cardile wins summary judgment in action claiming serious injuries arising from a dog attack.
  • May 9, 2018 | Author: S. Joseph Cardile
  • Law Firm: Thomas, Thomas & Hafer LLP - Washington Office
  • In connection with a dog attack resulting in serious injuries, TT&H Attorney Joe Cardile won summary judgment for a defendant-landlord. The incident occurred while the Plaintiff was visiting a friend’s townhome, during which time a large Labrador Retriever allegedly escaped from the home of its owner and “aggressively lunged” at the Plaintiff, causing the Plaintiff to slip and fall, shattering his right elbow. The Plaintiff filed suit against the dog’s owner, who was a resident of the townhome, as well as the landlord of the townhome. Representing the landlord, Attorney Cardile sought judgment as a matter of law because the record confirmed the landlord was unaware of the specific dangerous propensities of the dog that allegedly resulted in injuries to the Plaintiff.

    Ruling in favor of Attorney Cardile, the Court entered summary judgment in favor of the landlord. The Court found that the undisputed evidence of record proved that the landlord had no prior knowledge of the dog’s alleged dangerous propensities. Absent actual or constructive notice of such dangerous propensities, as a matter of law, the landlord could not be held liable for the Plaintiff’s injuries.