Connecticut Dog Bite Laws

Connecticut has strict liability laws regarding Connecticut dog bite injuries.  If you were attacked by a dog, it's important to seek immediate medical attention, even if your injuries seem minor. After a dog bite, it is also vital to contact the Connecticut Dog Bite Attorneys at Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP.  If you were hurt by a dog, please contact Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP for your free case consultation. Our dog bite injury attorneys welcome clients from the Ridgefield, Danbury, New Haven and Stamford, Connecticut, areas.

According to Connecticut statute, "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..."

This means that a dog's owner or legal guardian may be held responsible for any physical injuries and/or property damage caused by the dog. However, there are important instances in which the dog's owner or keeper may be exempt.

Connecticut law states the dog's owner or guardian may not necessarily be responsible for resulting harm when damages occur while the injured person "was committing a trespass ... or was teasing, tormenting or abusing such dog."

Dog bites often result in serious injuries that come with costly medical expenses. These expenses may include emergency medical care as well as rehabilitation and counseling.

For more information about the importance of working with a qualified dog bite lawyer, please see our How to Choose a Dog Bite Attorney page.