The family of a young boy who was mauled by three pit bulls has taken legal action, seeking compensatory and punitive damages with “no limitation.” 11-year-old Justin Gilstrap was viciously attacked by the dogs on January 6th, 2021, in Columbia County, Georgia. The attack was so severe that Justin lost most of his scalp and suffered wounds down to the bone on his legs. He also lost one of his ears, while the other had to be reattached.
The dogs in the attack, along with several others owned by the same person, have since been euthanized. Justin’s family is now seeking punitive damages to deter the owner of the pit bulls, Burt Thomas Baker II, from ever allowing another attack like this to happen again. The family has filed a lawsuit against Baker and other individuals believed to be involved.
The lawsuit alleges that Baker and the other defendants failed to take reasonable steps to prevent the dogs from attacking Justin. As a result, the family is seeking compensation for all damages sustained by Justin, including his medical expenses, physical and mental pain and suffering, and his permanent scarring and disfigurement. The lawsuit also states that there is no limitation regarding the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded.
Despite being confined to the hospital, Justin has shown remarkable resilience and optimism. With the filing of the lawsuit, Baker and the other defendants have 30 days to respond. Justin’s road to recovery is long, but he’s taking it one day and one surgery at a time. He has already taken a few steps, which made him very happy and proud of himself.
In this blog post, we discussed the heartbreaking story of 11-year-old Justin Gilstrap, who was mauled by three pit bulls in Columbia County, Georgia. His family has filed a lawsuit against the owner of the dogs and other defendants, seeking compensatory and punitive damages with “no limitation.” Justin’s resilience and optimism in the face of such a traumatic experience is admirable, and we wish him all the best in his recovery.