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Man files claim against city of Lodi for alleged dog attack during arrest

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Posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 6:08 am, Tue Aug 31, 2010.

Dean Newhall has filed a claim against the city of Lodi asking for an unspecified sum to cover damages caused by a bite he suffered from a police dog in April. Russell Humphrey, Newhall’s attorney, said his client has lost feeling on the left side of his face and must now deal with a horrible disfigurement as a result of the bite. According to the claim, Newhall has already paid over $32,000 in medical expenses, a number that Humphrey said will only keep increasing.

“When I first saw him the injuries were fresh, and they were very bad injuries,” Humphrey said. “His left side was basically chewed off from below the eye to the nose and all the way down the neck. It’s like a flap of flesh that’s just hanging off of there.”

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10 comments:

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 10:29 am on Wed, Sep 1, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    JP... In that case... if I made your day... you made mine as well as when serious things happen, at the end of the day when I sleep at night, I would rather remember you than the negative... so thank you for the comment.

     
  • Tina Fua posted at 9:30 am on Wed, Sep 1, 2010.

    Tina Fua Posts: 22

    Darrell....I think you are on to something here! With all of the other reality TV shows that air, why not? It's a great idea......"world's dumbest.......and now for the head scratcher file"........lol

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:01 am on Wed, Sep 1, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    maybe this would be a great pilot for TV.... like "dumbest criminals show"... could be "worlds dumbest lawsuits"... I wonder what may happen if attorneys are broadcast who take these cases then have to live in the real world.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:57 am on Wed, Sep 1, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    This reminds me of that case in Sacramento where a burglar breaking into the school at night, went on the roof to gain entry... then fell through the roof in the process. He sued the school district for unsafe conditions that caused injuries in his fall... I scratched my head, like Tina, then, and now... Then there is the McDonald's hot coffee case... it goes on and on

     
  • Tina Fua posted at 8:17 am on Wed, Sep 1, 2010.

    Tina Fua Posts: 22

    Every day for the past few months I read or watched the news and just scratched my head in amazement of what is considered a priority. This idiot here in the article breaking the law and now suing the city, the plastic bag ban our legislature is diligently working on. Not that we have a budget to worry about. The article in today's paper about the death penalty and whether or not it will be put back in place. Never mind the fact that the families of the victim's will have to live with the grief and sorrow of never seeing their loved ones again, by all means let the murdering scum live out the rest of their days spending tax payer dollars to defend their right to breath air and not face the sentence that was given.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 4:25 pm on Tue, Aug 31, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    When I first saw him the injuries were fresh, and they were very bad injuries,” Humphrey said...

    Mr. Humphrey... were you following the ambulance or were you the ambulance driver? How did you get involved so quickly as his attorney?

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 4:19 pm on Tue, Aug 31, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    Does any one know, has the city of Lodi sued the criminal for expenses the city incurred as a result of his actions.... can the officers sue the criminal for mental distress in having to subdue the criminal.... sounds to me that Russell Humphrey is representing the wrong parties... I guess the attorney can claim he is doing what is appropriate but I personally would never trust an attorney who is so selfish.... he must be desperate for money.

     
  • Alice Dodson posted at 10:51 am on Tue, Aug 31, 2010.

    Alice Dodson Posts: 20

    This guy got what he deserved. If he was high enough to attack a police officer and it took 6 officers to subdue this person, the dog was doing his duty. When a police officer is in trouble, it is the dogs duty to protect his master.
    I just hope Bronx is okay and that retiring him will mean he will still be taken care of and lives to be one happy dog the rest of his life.!!!!
    Think if this guy was attacking a civilian instead of a police officer, then what? This guy does not deserve a dime. He opened up himself up himself to what came his way. No sympathy here whatsoever!!!

     
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