Domestic duck with 'dangerous propensities' leads to $275K lawsuit
It claims the plaintiff, Cynthia Ruddell, stepped out of her motor home on property owned by her mother in Estacada on May 7, 2012 when a "domestic duck" attacked her.
The woman fell on her outstretched hand, breaking her wrist and spraining her elbow and shoulder.
"I can tell you that when she first contacted me, we both shared a laugh at the circumstances around the accident," said Ruddell's attorney, Gregory Price. "But, unfortunately, the injury was pretty serious."
Ruddell had to get a plate and nine screws in her wrist. Further problems required a second surgery.Sure, a duck attack sounds funny... which is no doubt why this problem was allowed to escalate, because it turns out this wasn't this duck's first offense:
Price said the owner has acknowledged that the duck "had issues" before this incident, including prior attacks. The lawsuit states the duck had "abnormally dangerous propensities in attacking people in an aggressive manner similar to how it attacked and injured Mrs. Ruddell."Of course, if you read this blog you know what ducks are like, but perhaps you didn't fear for your own personal safety, and maybe thought you were OK with anything smaller than a goose. Now we know better.
Duck WAY too close for comfort by Jim Moran.