Cynthia Ruddell from Washougal, Washington, is suing her mother’s neighbor for $275,000 in damages brought on by a pet duck attack.
On May 2012, Ruddell was in Oregon visiting her mother when she was attacked by a duck, which she claims happened without any provocation. While running away from the duck, Ruddell fell to the ground, spraining her shoulder and elbow, and breaking her wrist. Gregory Price, Ruddell’s attorney, said that the pet duck “flapped its wings at her and knocked her back and she fell down on an outstretched hand and fractured her wrist in two spots.”
In the complaint, Ruddell is accusing the duck’s owner Lolita Rose, of neglecting to control her pet duck. The lawsuit also states that Rose was aware that the duck had “abnormally dangerous propensities in attacking people.”
The duck’s behavior towards Ruddell wasn't the first. According to Rose’s neighbors, they have also seen the duck attack other people in the neighborhood and even kids who are waiting by the bus stop. The lawsuit is also accusing Rose of failing to warn neighbors and other people of the duck’s violent behavior.
Ruddell, who is a retired nurse, is seeking $25,000 for medical expenses and $250,000 for the pain and suffering from the injuries she acquired during the incident.
Price believes that Rose has had her pet duck killed since the incident that happened with Ruddell.
Price mentioned that he is expecting the cost of the damages to be paid by Rose’s insurance policy. However, they still chose to file a lawsuit against Rose as a safeguard, since there will still be medical bills to cover from Ruddell’s second surgery to her wrist. Furthermore, the incident has brought Ruddell attention that she does not want.
Rose has yet to release a statement about the case.
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