If you've ever been bitten by a dog while you were on the dog owner's property, you're probably wondering if you can still collect money damages.
The truth is, it depends upon the circumstances but, in most cases you could.
Here are the top things you should know about dog bite cases in Connecticut:
1. Connecticut has a strict liability dog bite statute that states that the owner or keeper of the dog will be absolutely, or strictly, liable for injuries caused by their dog.
In other words, the victim does not need to prove that the dog owner knew their dog was dangerous or vicious or that the dog owner was negligent.
Of course, there are certain exceptions to this rule which include someone who was teasing, tormenting, trespassing or causing some other type of tort at or during the time they were injured;
2. The Connecticut Supreme Court has held that the expression "trespass or other tort” suggests merely entering upon someone's property does not constitute a trespass. The statute is meant to not allow for the recovery of money damages, where the injured party is committing or intended to commit an injurious act; and
3. Money damages are collected through either the homeowner's insurance carrier or through a renter's tenant's insurance policy. We have even represented individuals who have filed claims against their relatives and close family friends because the monies are not paid by these individuals but rather by their insurance companies.
Here are some success stories from cases that our firm has handled in Connecticut:
1. A young man went on another person's property who had an invisible fence to keep their dog within their property lines, and was then bitten by their dog. We were able to collect money damages for this family, in this particular situation, despite the insurance company of the homeowner claiming our client was trespassing.
Quick Past-Client Testimonial:
“After suffering a serious injury caused by a dog off-leash, a friend recommended I talk to Richard Hastings. I was definitely in uncharted territory, but Richard walked me through the process seamlessly from start to finish. He was reassuring, communicative and professional from our first meeting to the conclusion of my case. I will definitely recommend Richard to anyone who might need his services in the future.”
2. A young woman went onto a close friend's property to look for her when she was attacked by her friend's dog. We were able to collect significant money damages for the young woman and her family.
3. We have even collected money damages for individuals who were not even bitten by a dog: In one case, a dog knocked over a woman in a park while running and fractured her knee and in another case a dog went up to a horse that threw the rider onto the ground and injured her. In both cases, we were able to collect money damages for our injured clients.
If you have been injured by a dog, it is extremely important that you contact us at the earliest possible moment so we can gather the appropriate information from you and properly advise you as to whether or not we think we may be able to assist you in collecting money damages for your case. You should not be speaking with the insurance company of the dog owner but rather should first get the advice of an experienced Connecticut dog bite lawyer.
The call and the information are free. We take cases on a contingency fee basis and advance the costs to develop your case so you will not have to come up with any money out of your own pocket. We are only paid once we collect money damages for you. If there is no recovery you will owe no legal fees and no costs.
It is just that simple! Get this very valuable information today and call us at 203-438-7450.
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