Wash. woman wins $75K for dog bite

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Thurston County jury has awarded $75,000 to a woman bit by a neighbor's dog.

The Olympian reports the woman was seeking payment for medical expenses, plus pain, inconvenience, emotional stress, scaring and other general damages.

After a weeklong trial, the jury voted 10-2 to award Linda Astorga more than $25,000 for past and future economic damages plus another $50,000 for other damages from the dog bite on her calf in the driveway of her former home in Tenino in May 2009.

Her attorney says the Astorga has permanent scarring and is also dealing with PTSD and ongoing fear, since she was chased and attacked by the neighbor's dogs they let run loose in the neighborhood.

Marie Doctor says her client's lawsuit was really about dog owner responsibility.