In January 2013, Elizabeth Crawford visited the office of Representative Tom McClintock at his congressional office in Washington D.C. While waiting for her appointment, Crawford dropped her pen and was bitten by a dog named “Who Dey” when she tried to retrieve it. Although “Who Dey” was a small dog, his bite drew blood and damaged a nerve within Crawford’s hand. Injuries from this bite were substantial resulting in $26,000 of medical bills including a surgery to straighten tendons within Crawford’s hand. In her lawsuit Crawford accuses the United States House of Representatives and the dog’s owner Chris Tudor of being negligent in allowing the dog to roam McClintock’s office unattended while failing to have the dog properly vaccinated for rabies. Additionally, due to the severity and permanency of bodily injuries and mental anguish suffered by Crawford, she further accused both Tudor and the House of creating an unsafe and hazardous condition within McClintock’s office and has sought $174,000 in pain in suffering damages following her traumatizing visit 2 years ago. This lawsuit arises out of settlement offer made by the House of Representatives in July which Crawford claimed was “ridiculously low”.
Dog bites, no matter the size of the dog may have serious consequences if left untreated. Moreover, it is the responsibility of a dog owner to limit the risk of injury to others. If you or someone you know has been injured due to the negligence of a dog owner, please contact our office for further information at 317-578-2100.