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Wrongful Death From Infection Caused By Dog Bite

Posted on Sep 07, 2010

Grieving Family Sues Dog Owner For Alleged Wrongful Death of Beloved Family Member

Snohomish County man dies from infection following dog bite.

September 7, 2009, Seattle, WA –Seattle attorney Christopher Davis has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Snohomish County Superior Court against the owners of a dog that was allowed to roam free and bite two men.  One of the men developed an infection from the dog’s saliva and later died.

The lawsuit is being filed by the Estate of Kenneth D. Bock for Mr. Bock’s wrongful death.  According to the complaint, Bock was working at Chain Lake Mini-Storage in Monroe, WA on February 9, 2010 when the defendant, Konrad Haskins, visited the facility with his dog Buddy.  Haskins allowed his dog to roam free on the Chain Lake property.  The dog then bit two men, including Mr. Bock.  The bite to Mr. Bock was serious enough to draw blood.  Soon after Bock developed a life-threatening infection and died ten days later. 

Bock was diagnosed with Capnocytophaga canimorsus sepsis which is a bacterium commonly found in the saliva of cats and dogs.  This bacterium can, as in Bock’s case, result in multiple organ failure due to compromised circulation, renal failure, meningitis, systematic rotting of the flesh, and death. 

Dogs are the most common household pets in the United States.   The Center for Disease Control estimates that 50% of all Americans will be bitten by a dog during their lifetime and that approximately one million dog bites occur annually.  Capnocytophaga canimorsus sepsis is the main human pathogen associated with dog bites.  The organism frequently causes septicemia, meningitis, endocarditis, and sometimes ocular infections.

“This is a very tragic case that never should have happened,” says Chris Davis, the Bock family’s attorney.  “We know that Mr. Bock was the second person bit by the Haskin’s dog on the day in question, which tells us that Mr. Haskin knew his dog was a danger to other human beings when Mr. Bock was bitten.”  According to Davis, Mr. Bock died a very painful and agonizing death.  “We know that the bacterium from the bite led to multiple organ failure and tissue necrosis – it means that Mr. Bock literally ‘rotted to death’ according my medical experts,” states Davis. 

The complaint alleges that Haskins had prior knowledge that the dog had vicious and/or dangerous propensities that could lead to an attack on humans since the dog had previously bitten, injured or acted aggressively toward other people.  By failing to control the dog the defendants were willfully putting the public in danger.

About Attorney Christopher M. Davis
Christopher M. Davis has been a licensed attorney in the state of Washington since 1993 and is the founder of the Davis Law Group.  He is the author of several books about injury law including When The Dog Bites: The Essential Guide To Dog Bite Claims In Washington in which Davis explores the legal rights of dog bite victims; outlines the legal and settlement process for dog bite claims; gives tips on dealing with insurance companies; answers common questions asked by dog owners and bite victims; and address legal issues that are often present in animal attack cases. You can learn more about Chris Davis and the Davis Law Group by visiting