Wednesday, August 6, 2008
New York, NY - Lawyers for the 90-year-old Staten Island man who was mauled July 1st by two neighborhood pit bulls filed a notice of claim against the city seeking $7 million in damages. Henry Piotrowski was severely injured in the attack in his backyard, which caused the amputation of his left leg, and injury to his face, neck, arms and right leg.
Piotrowski's lawyer, Michael Gervasi of the West Brighton law firm of Russo, Scamardella & D'Amato, filed the paperwork, which is a prelude to a formal lawsuit, alleging the city "failed to take appropriate and adequate measures to control the vicious dogs," despite numerous complaints from other neighbors and 311 and 911 calls about the animals.
"It seems to us it was a danger that was known to the city," and no measures were taken to abate the danger, Gervasi said.Piotrowski, a widowed World War II veteran, who was a vibrant and independent person before the accident, remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit at Richmond University Medical Center, West Brighton. He is barely conscious, his eyes almost never open, and he will rely on a tracheotomy tube to breathe and a feeding tube for nourishment for the rest of his life.
It was reported on December 12th, 2007 that a Bronx jury paved the way for a pit bull attack victim to receive millions of dollars against the city of New York. It's unclear how many times and at what million dollar cost the City of New York must be sued before they institute common sense laws that address their undeniable pit bull problem.
07/03/08: Coverage of the Henry Piotrowski Pit Bull Mauling
12/12/07: New York City to Pay Huge Damages to Pit Bull Attack Victim
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| 8/06/2008 5:36 AM |
What a shame...The guy survives being a WWII tank driver only to get "blown up" by two canine IEDs 60 years later.
The city paid out $5 million last year but still allowed their ethereal A/C Dept to coddle these owners. Time to pay up....
| 8/06/2008 11:03 AM |
One of the problems I see when discussing dog attacks is that the pro-pit lobby tries to shift focus onto the situation rather than the breed of dog. Whenever an attack involves a family member, the pit bull activists try to muddy the waters by insisting that the owners are not telling the truth about an unprovocked attack, the dog must have given warning signs, the dog was being provoked, the parents should not have left the child alone with the dog, etc.
But what no one seems to want to discuss is the other category of attacks...pit bulls that are off leash, off property, that violently attack a person without provocation. If we create a category of dog attacks that is limited to dogs off leash, off property, including dogs that break containment, (fences, chains, leashes) to attack a non-family member or neighbor, we find that it is overwhelmingly pit bulls who fit this category. If we add leashed pit bulls who have lunged and bitten people without provocation, the numbers are even higher. This is where a credible argument arises that pit bulls have become a public health menace. While pit bull attacks against their owners are often horrific, the public is seldom moved to act because the risk and consequence was borne by the dog owner. When a pit bull jumps a fence/breaks a chain/crashes through a screen window to attack a person walking down the street, voters realize that these dogs pose too great a risk to remain unregulated. Claiming that all we need to do is enforce leash laws offers little comfort to parents who are afraid to let their children play outside because of the chance that a neighbors pit bull could make it over the fence and kill them.
I think victims advocates must pay special attention to this category of attack, and break out statistics to support our view that the regulation of pit bull dogs is a public health issue that can no longer be ignored.
| 8/09/2008 5:39 AM |
On one Caesar Milan episode he stated that when a dog encounters a situation it has three choices to make:
Flee, Submit(be friendly), or ATTACK!...We all know which decision a pit bull is likely to make.
| 9/14/2009 9:52 AM |
Thank you Mr. Piotrowski, for the service to your country in WWII. I'm deeply grieved by the horrendous way you were repayed for that service. It should NEVER have happened. I hope the city gave you the money you asked for-they should have given you more.