Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim's case against Delta Airlines over alleged dog bite heads to trial – CTPost

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Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim watches a city promotional video before delivering his annual State of the City speech at the Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater in Bridgeport, Conn. on Wednesday, September 7, 2022.
BRIDGEPORT — Mayor Joe Ganim’s lawsuit against Delta Air Lines is going to trial.
Ganim is suing the airline in Superior Court in Bridgeport over claims that an emotional support dog allegedly bit him on one of its flights. The trial has been scheduled for Oct. 31.
According to his lawsuit, Ganim is seeking damages from the airline for “serious, severe, painful and permanent injuries” to his “left lower extremity” resulting in scarring and disfigurement, pain and suffering.
He recently offered to settle the lawsuit for $74,999, court documents state. But Delta declined.
Delta Air Lines’ lawyer, Steven Arnold, declined comment on the case.
“Any and all damages claimed to have been sustained by plaintiff were caused by his own carelessness and negligence,” the airline states in court papers.
Ganim’s lawyer, his brother George Ganim Jr., also declined comment.
According to the lawsuit, on Nov. 10, 2018, Ganim boarded Flight 1841 and while in his assigned seat, he was bitten by a dog that was with a boarding passenger. The suit states at the time the mayor was not “teasing, tormenting or abusing the dog.”
Immediately following the incident, the lawsuit states, Ganim asked the airline whether the dog had all its vaccinations, but Delta refused to provide that information. The lawsuit also alleges the airline refused to provide Ganim with the name and contact information of the dog’s owner.
“Delta Airlines Inc. is legally responsible for the incident in that it failed to safeguard the plaintiff from unwarranted harm by allowing a dog neither crated nor muzzled to walk freely on and within the cabin of the plane,” the suit states.
Delta responded in court documents that the airline did inform Ganim that the dog was in compliance with the airline’s animal boarding and veterinary health requirements, including a current vaccination for rabies and denies that Ganim was forced to undergo a precautionary rabies treatment.
“Defendant admits that it did not disclose the passenger dog owner’s name and contact information because of privacy law requirements,” the airlines states in documents.
Daniel Tepfer has been reporting on legal issues and covering criminal cases for many years.

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