If you have been bitten by a dog in Connecticut then your case will fall into one of four different categories for purposes of statistical analysis. The four categories are as follows:
Unreported dog bites-experts generally agree that a large number of dog bite cases occur each year that are never reported to authorities. The main reasons for these types of cases is the fact that the dog bite injury is not deemed to be serious enough to warrant medical attention or that the attacking dog was owned by a family member;
Minor dog bites-the majority of dog bite cases can be classified as minor which generally means that the effect upon the victim will not be permanent. These types of cases generally involve bruising or a break in the skin from either the dog's tooth or nail that requires a limited amount of medical attention;
Serious or severe dog bites-these types of dog bite injuries usually result in some type of permanent injury that can range from lacerations to a loss of tissue to avulsion wounds to crushing injuries or broken bones to the loss of a body part or imputation some of which may result in permanent ugly and disfiguring scars. Less than 10% of all dog attack injuries fall into this category; and
Fatal dog bite cases-unfortunately, although rare, people do die after being attacked by a dog. The age, size and physical shape of the attack victim can sometimes dictate how the injured party responds to the dog attack. Small children and the elderly are more prone to dying from a dog attack because of their smaller sized or reduced physical strength. A fatal dog attack in Connecticut would form the basis of a wrongful death case. Approximately 20 people each year, nationally, died as a result of being attacked by a dog.
If you have been attacked by a dog in Connecticut it is important that you get immediate medical care and attention. You should also make sure that the dog warden or police are called so that a proper investigation can be conducted in a report filed. A determination will have to be made as to whether or not the attacking dog is also up to date on its rabies vaccination and follow-up medical care is needed to properly monitor your situation. There are also a number of other things which you should be doing and there are things which you should not be doing. There are a great number of problems that can result from a Connecticut dog bite case not the least of which could be obtaining some type of infection, having a extended period of recuperation, being left with psychological injuries and ugly, permanent and disfiguring scars.
CT has a dog bite statute which makes the owner or keeper of the dog, with few exceptions, absolutely liable for the injuries and damages suffered by the victim. Our Connecticut dog attack attorneys take these cases on a contingency fee basis and advance the costs to develop the case. This means that you do not have to come up with any money out-of-pocket to hire one of our Connecticut dog injury lawyers to represent you. In order to get more information about what you need to be doing and what you should not be doing, you should visit our website at www.HCWLAW.com where you can download a free copy of our Connecticut dog bite injury book. You can also call our toll-free number at 888-244-5480 and one of our Connecticut dog injury attorneys will be happy to speak with you about your case or will schedule a no cost no obligation consultation where we will review the facts of your case with you and will specifically advise you as to what you need to be doing.
Do not wait until it is too late before consulting with an experienced Connecticut dog bite lawyer. Contact us today.