Unfortunately, we are contacted on a regular basis by people who have been bitten by a dog in Connecticut. One of the questions that they need answered immediately is what should they be doing first. It is important to understand that there are a number of things that you should be doing and there are also a number of things you should not be doing after you've been involved in a dog bite incident. Because of our experience in dealing with Connecticut dog bite injury victims, we have written the book on dog bite injury law in the state of Connecticut and are happy to answer questions that dog bite injury victims have.
If you have been bitten by a dog in Connecticut, it is important that you contact the police or dog warden and get the proper medical attention and care. The dog warden will conduct an investigation of your case, will determine whether the dog has had its shots, and depending upon the circumstances of the case, will make sure that the dog is quarantined after the bite and will find out all of the needed information and prepare of a report. Many times people who have been bitten by a dog will not obtain medical attention immediately after the attack. If your skin has been broken by the dog's teeth or you have been scratched then it is very important that you get to the hospital emergency room as soon as possible.
One of the very real risks that you have is getting an infection by virtue of the dogs teeth, and saliva, getting underneath the surface of your skin. We have represented dog bite injury victims where there have been serious infections that have resulted from the dog bite itself. The dog warden will also determine whether or not the biting dog has had its rabies shots because if that information cannot be confirmed then your doctor will suggest that you have the shots to reduce the risk of your getting rabies.
Connecticut has a strict liability dog bite statute, that holds the owner or keeper of the dog strictly liable for your injuries and damages, with few limited exceptions, which means that you do not have to show that the dog has bitten somebody before or that the owner or keeper of the dog was negligent in how you were bitten. Many times, the owner or keeper of the dog will have home owners or tenants insurance that will cover your injuries and damages that have resulted from the biting dog. There are a number of issues that need to be investigated and developed which, depending upon the circumstances, could include involving a plastic surgeon.
Our Connecticut dog bite injury lawyers have decades of experience in representing dog bite injury victims in Connecticut. You can visit our website at www.hcwlaw.com and download a free copy of our Connecticut dog bite injury book. This valuable free resource will advise you as to what you should be doing and what you should not be doing. It will also tell you how you can get better medical care, how you can get quicker, and how you can help your Connecticut dog bite injury lawyer get you more money for your case. There are a number of things that need to be done very early on in your case so it is very important that you contact an experienced Connecticut dog bite attack attorney at the earliest possible moment please call our toll-free number at 888-244-5480 and speak with one of our experienced Connecticut dog bite attack attorneys immediately. Do not delay and wait until you have made a mistake in attempting to handle your own case. Make sure you do this before you speak with the insurance adjuster of the owner of the dog!