Dog Bite & Animal Attack Lawsuits
Call a Skilled Ridgefield Dog Bite Attorney
Most dog-human interactions are playful and positive. After all, it’s
only human nature to want to pet a friendly-looking dog. However, sometimes
dogs initiate the contact, and the interaction becomes violent.
It’s estimated that about two percent of the American population,
about 4.5 million individuals, suffer a dog bite each year.
If you or a loved one has been injured by an aggressive dog, please
contact our Ridgefield dog bite attorneys at Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP.
How Serious is the Dog Bite Problem?
Unfortunately, dog attacks on humans are more common than we might like
to admit. About 800,000 Americans seek medical attention each year for
injuries sustained during a dog attack. Of those, nearly half will require
medical treatment in an emergency room.
How is Liability Determined in Dog Bite Cases?
In the State of Connecticut, owners and keepers are held responsible for
their dogs with very few exceptions related to trespassing or animal abuse
that would cause a dog to react violently in self-defense.
According to state law, “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
What Kinds of Damages can I Expect?
While every case is different, successful plaintiffs in dog bite cases
may receive compensation for any of the following:
- Possible Compensation in Dog Bite Cases
- Medical bills and related expenses
- Loss of past and future income
- Disability or disfigurement
- Loss of opportunities
- Property damage
- Emotional damages, including stress, embarrassment, and depression
In rare cases, punitive damages may also be awarded in order to punish
particularly egregious negligence.
Do not hesitate to call Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP for a
case evaluation at (888) 244-5480