Almost 5,000,000 people, each year, are bitten by dogs in this country. It has been estimated that dog bite injury cases account for over one third of all home insurance liability claims made in any given year. Because insurance companies have had to pay out significant amounts of money in dog bite injury claims, some insurance companies have banned covering particularly aggressive dog breeds from coverage. If you have been bitten by a dog in Connecticut, then you need the assistance of an experienced Connecticut dog bite injury lawyer at the earliest possible moment to explain your rights to you so you can better understand what you should be doing and what you should not be doing.
One particular class of individuals that suffers a number of dog bite injuries is mailmen, mail carriers or postal workers. Because these hard-working individuals have to deliver mail to individual residences, sometimes an individual’s dog will either get out of their house, break free from their leash, or will be roaming freely and will then bite anyone on their property. You should understand that Connecticut has a dog bite statute that imposes strict liability on the part of the owner or keeper of the dog, unless the person bitten was either trespassing, tormenting or teasing the dog. In other words, you do not have to show that the dog has bitten somebody before or that the owner of the dog was not exercising reasonable care in watching their dog.
Dog bite injury claims are unique for a number of reasons not the least of which is the fact that there is an increased risk for developing an infection and in many cases there are issues involving scarring and cosmetic surgery opinions. Many times people think that they should speak with the insurance adjuster of the owner of the dog so that they can get their case moving along so that their medical bills can be paid, so that they can get their lost income, and so that they are able to be compensated for their injuries and damages as soon as possible. Many people think that they can handle these cases on their own because if they do not have to hire a lawyer then they will end up more with more money in their pocket because they will not have to pay legal fees. However, insurance industry studies have shown that injured parties, represented by attorneys, on average, will end up with more money in their pocket after paying their lawyer than they do if they represent themselves.
It is important that you level the playing field when dealing with professionals who are looking to pay you the least amount of money possible who represent the insurance companies. At the very least, you need to have your rights explained to you by the experienced Connecticut dog bite injury lawyer before you do anything that could ultimately harm your case. Our Connecticut dog attack attorneys are happy to speak with you or meet with you in person to explain your rights to you so that you can understand what you need to do and what you should not be doing. You can get this valuable free information in a number of different ways.
The first thing you can do is to visit our website at www.HCWLAW.com and download a free copy of our Connecticut dog bite injury book. You can call our toll-free number at 888-842-8466 and speak with one of our experienced Connecticut dog bite injury lawyers on the phone and get your questions answered right away. You can also schedule a free, in office consultation with one of our experienced Connecticut dog attack attorneys to have your case reviewed with you and get your questions answered in a face-to-face meeting. You can also fill out our brief online form and one of our experienced Connecticut dog bite injury lawyers will be happy to contact you and advise you as to what you should be doing. Do not make the mistake of speaking directly with the insurance adjuster and potentially harming your case. Get this valuable free information today from one of our experienced Connecticut dog bite injury lawyers.