Dog Bite Attorney
If you or someone you know has been involved in a dog bite incident or animal attack in Connecticut, we can assist you with your claim. Our dog bite lawyers will use our decades of experience to help your legal issues. We never ask for money up front. We advance all fees and hire expert witnesses to help strengthen your dog bite case. At the conclusion of the case, our firm will be reimbursed through your recovery. If no recovery is collected, you do not owe us anything and we will pay for all fees. Our Connecticut personal injury law firm handles all cases on a contingency fee basis. We only collect money if you are awarded a settlement.
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1. How Many People are Attacked By Dogs Every Year?
In the United States, 43,021,000 households, or 37.2% of all households own on average 1.7 dogs. The Center for Disease Control revealed through a survey in 2007, there are 4,700,000 people bitten by a dog annually. About 800,000 of those injured will seek medical attention and about 368,000 victims will require medical treatment at a hospital emergency room.
2. What Should I do if I Am a Victim of a Dog Bite or Animal Attack?
Contact our dog bite attorneys as soon as possible. It is critical not to do anything which may negatively affect your dog bite case. Our lawyers may advise you not to give any statements or sign any authorizations which may harm your case. There are potential notice requirements which can end in the dismissal of your dog bite case if not properly filed on time.
3. How is Liability Determined?
CT has a dog bite statute that imposes strict liability on the owner or keeper of a dog with limited exceptions. The statute can be found at C.G.S. section 22-357 and reads as follows:
Damage to person or property. If any dog does any damage to either the body or property of any person, the owner or keeper, or, if the owner or keeper is a minor, the parent or guardian of such minor, shall be liable for such damage, except when such damage has been occasioned to the body or property of a person who, at the time such damage was sustained, was committing a trespass or other tort, or was teasing, tormenting or abusing such dog. If a minor, on whose behalf an action under this section is brought, was under seven years of age at the time the damage was done, it shall be presumed that such minor was not committing a trespass or other tort, or teasing, tormenting or abusing such dog, and the burden of proof thereof shall be upon the defendant in such action.
4. What If I Can’t Prove That Someone’s Negligence Caused My Injury? Is There Any Other Basis For Liability Besides Negligence?
Liability is composed not only of the negligence but also of “Strict Liability.” Companies or certain individuals may be held “strictly liable” for certain activities that harm others without a person acting negligently or wrongful intent. With strict liability, a person who has been injured by a defective product or dog bite may be able to recover compensation for the injury without showing the accused party was actually negligent.
5. What Compensation Might I Receive If My Case is Successful?
The liable party must pay through their liability insurance company to the injured party:
- Past and future medical care and related expenses
- Past and future income lost due to the accident
- Permanent physical disability or disfigurement
- Loss of family, social, and educational experiences
- Emotional damages, such as stress, embarrassment, depression
- Strains on family relationships
- Punitive Damages (In Extraordinary Cases)
- Damaged Property
The injured party will be awarded “damages” or compensation. This is money to return you to the status you were in before the injury occurred. The compensation is not income except for the income lost during the injury. This money is not taxable by the state or federal government.
Besides the actual bite victim, the law recognizes that other people may also suffer as a bystander and may be compensated. A parent who witnesses their child being bitten by a dog could possibly suffer emotional distress. A spouse of the victim who is harmed may be compensated for loss of consortium. The family of a victim who dies of a dog bite injures can sue for wrongful death.
Dog bites and attacks occur to children and primarily result in serious injuries because of their size. Other injuries involve serious and permanent scars and nerve damage.
A victim of a dog bite may file a claim varying from trauma suffered, pain, wages loss and their overall leisure and lifestyle activities. If you or a family member has been a victim of a dog bite, contact us now.
6. If I Have A Dog Bite Accident Case What Should I Do?
It is important to contact us as soon as possible after your dog bite incident. It is imperative not to do anything which may harm your case. We may advise you not to give any statements or sign any authorizations, which may hurt your case.
7. How Do I Get About Getting Experts To Help Me With My Dog Bite Accident Case?
We can hire experts to help further develop your case. Experts may include a canine expert, canine behavioral expert or a plastic surgeon.
8. Who Will Pay The Expenses of Hiring All Of These Experts?
We advance all fees and expenses. Our firm will be reimbursed through the recovery at the close of the trial. If you do not receive recovery, we will absorb all fees. You only pay us if you collect money.