Burden of Proof and Statutory Requirements in Connecticut Dog Bite Cases

Posted by Richard P. Hastings | Jan 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

What happens if you are attacked by a dog, in CT, and are severely injured? What do you have to prove to establish that the owner or keeper of the dog is liable? What effect does the fact that the dog has never bitten anyone before have to do with fault? Connecticut has specific statutory provisions that make a person or entity strictly liable for a person's injury. It is therefore not necessary to show that a person was negligent in order to be entitled to collect money damages. For example, certain states recognize some or all of the following strict liability torts: parents being held strictly liable for an act of their child; worker's compensation making an employer liable for an employee's injuries; owners of pets that bite people being held strictly liable for the pet's actions; and certain cases involving toxic torts.

In Ct, we have a dog bite statute that make the owner or keeper of the dog, with few exceptions, strictly liable for any damage caused by the animal including biting someone and causing serious injury or death. It does not matter that this is the dog's first time biting someone or that the owner or keeper did not know or have any knowledge or warning that the dog would bite.

If you are injured in a dog bite or dog attack case it is very important that you contact an experienced CT injury lawyer who has experience in dealing with dog injury cases because certain steps should be taken to protect your rights and maximize the value of your claim. If you are the victim of a dog attack or dog bite case you could be entitled to some or all of the following money damages:

  • Past Medical bills
  • Future Medical expenses
  • Past Loss of income
  • Future Loss of Income
  • Job Retraining
  • Rehabilitative Care
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of Life's Activities
  • Psychological bills
  • Psychological Damages
  • Permanent injuries
  • Loss of Consortium (for a Spouse)
  • Punitive damages (in extraordinary cases)

The methods of calculating these damages and a great number of other issues involved make CT personal injury cases an extremely complicated and difficult area of the law. It would be in your best interest to contact an experienced CT dog bite or personal injury lawyer who has experience in these types of cases to assist you at the earliest possible moment. You cannot afford to wait before contacting an injury lawyer about your Connecticut dog bite injury case. Put our decades of aggressive experience to work for you. Order a copy of our FREE injury book  "The Crash Course on Personal Injury Cases in Connecticut" today. Get all of your questions answered by reading our comprehensive book or by calling us toll free at (888) 244-5480.

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Richard P. Hastings

Attorney Hastings concentrates his practice on personal injury and litigation. Devoted to helping those who have suffered some type of wrong, Richard P. Hastings concentrates his law practice on personal injury law.


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