ESTACADA, Ore. – A Washington State RVer has filed suit, asking for $275,000 for damages she suffered when a duck attacked her as she stepped out of her motorhome in Estacada.
The dastardly duck took off after Cynthia Ruddell, who says in her suit that she fell while attempting to escape the ornithoid’s unwanted attentions, damaging her wrist and rotator cuff. In what some may consider a daffy affair, Ruddell’s attorney, Gregory Price of Vancouver, Wash., says the duck’s owner, Lolita Rose is responsible for not keeping the duck safely penned up on its own property, and in typically litigious language, for failing to warn others of her “duck’s dangerous propensities.”
The suit asks the court for damages for “pain, suffering, inconvenience, humiliation,” medical expenses, and interference with Ruddell’s normal activities that resulted from the feathered-flyer’s foray. Of the asked amount, $25,000 is chalked up to medical expenses, the balance for the other injuries and suffering.
Attorney Price says the bird barrage took place in 2012. Since then, as he’s told news reporters, he’s learned a thing or two about public opinion. “I’ve learned a lesson,” he said. “In any future lawsuit I’ll talk about my client being attacked by a domestic animal. Not by a duck.”
And where else could such a suit be filed? In Oregon’s Quackamas – oops – Clackamas County Circuit Court. No matter what the outcome, we know someone, somewhere, is sure to get the bill for this fowl play.
photo: alex_ford on flickr.com. by permission.