If you've been attacked or bitten by a dog in Connecticut, you will want to get the advice of a Connecticut dog bite attorney. You'll want to do this as soon as possible because you could make a number of mistakes that may have a negative impact upon the value of your case. When you speak with a dog bite attorney, it is important that you prepare all the background information necessary to answer the five questions that your attorney will ask you.
First, you will be asked to talk about the facts of what happened. In Connecticut, the dog bite statute provides for strict liability. This means that you are not required to show that the dog owner knew the dog had bitten someone before or that there was some type of negligence or fault on the part of the dog owner. Unless you are teasing, tormenting, trespassing or committing some other tort, the keeper or owner of the dog will be strictly liable for your damages and injuries. Therefore it is important that your attorney understand the background of your case to determine whether or not there is some type of defense to your case which might otherwise make your case worthless.
The second thing a lawyer will want to know is if the police or dog warden were called and if an investigation was conducted. One of the major issues is if the dog has up-to-date rabies vaccinations. Depending upon whether you were bitten on or off the dog owner's property will determine the quarantine period under which the dog will have to be watched to determine if the dog has rabies. It is also important that the owner or keeper of the dog is identified and that you are provided with a copy of all reports.
A Connecticut dog bite attorney will also want to know what type of medical care and attention you received. Did you go to the emergency room in an ambulance? Were you treated and released at the hospital? Did you go to a walk-in clinic? Did you have a plastic surgeon stitch you up? Was follow-up care suggested and did you obtain it? What is the current status of your injury? Do you have health insurance?
Your attorney will also want to determine whether or not the owner or keeper of the dog has insurance that will pay for your injuries and damages. If you do not know, your attorney might want to know if the dog owner rents or owns their property. Your attorney will also ask you if an insurance adjuster is involved and if you have given any recorded statements or signed any documents.
Lastly, your attorney should explain in great detail how a Connecticut dog bite case is developed, what is involved, what is required of you, what the attorney will be doing, how the case will be handled, how the fees will be paid, how the costs will be paid, and at the end of that detailed explanation, your attorney should ask you if you have any questions.
I was recently contacted by an individual who was attacked by a dog late one Saturday evening. The insurance adjuster who represented the owner of the dog called him on Sunday. The insurance adjuster told the injured party that they would be willing to pay him $8,000 immediately once he signed a release and if they gave them the wiring instructions for his bank account they could wire the money into his account that same week. I told this injured party that he could not possibly know the value of his case at that particular time and that it would be incredibly foolish of him to take this amount of money when he could be left with a serious, permanent and life altering injury.
Do not become a victim of the insurance company that will attempt to take advantage of you and pay you the least amount of money possible. Call our experienced Connecticut dog bite lawyers and get your questions answered over the telephone. You can also schedule an in-office consultation or if you are unable to travel, one of our Connecticut dog bite attorneys will be happy to meet with you at a convenient location. You can also download a copy of our Connecticut dog bite book where you can learn about what you should be doing and what you should not be doing.
Do not delay and make a mistake that could otherwise cost you tens of thousands of dollars. Contact us today!