$500K settlement for boy attacked by pit bulls in Hanover two years ago

A boy who suffered horrific injuries when he was attacked by two pit bulls in Hanover more than two years ago has settled his civil case against the woman who owns the property where it happened.

On Monday, Common Pleas Judge Penny Blackwell approved a $508,613 settlement between Ajia Brown and his mother, and Travelers Insurance, the insurance company representing Marjorie Nicholson of Hanover.

Settlement a ‘relief’: Newell said the $308,000 that remains of Ajia’s settlement after paying attorney fees, court costs and outstanding liens from health insurance carriers has been put in a court-approved structured settlement annuity plan that guarantees Ajia will receive $406,173.

Ajia and his mother are relieved a settlement has been reached, Newell said, and were in court on Monday when Judge Blackwell approved it.

Ajia sometimes gets teased about his permanent scarring, Newell said, but appears to be a normal, happy boy.
“As of right now, he’s come out of it remarkably well. … He certainly is an exceptional young man,” the attorney said. “And he has a remarkable mother who literally put her life on the line to save him.”
Out with a bang: At the close of Monday’s settlement-approval hearing, Judge Blackwell invited Ajia to the bench to close the proceeding, according to Newell.

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