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Most dog-human interactions are playful and positive. After all, it's only human nature to want to pet a friendly-looking dog. However, sometimes dogs initiate the contact, and the interaction becomes violent.
It's estimated that about two percent of the American population, about 4.5 million individuals, suffer dog bite injuries each year. If you have been injured by an aggressive dog, contact our Connecticut dog bite lawyers at Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP.
Unfortunately, dog attacks on humans are more common than we might like to admit. About 800,000 Americans seek medical attention each year for injuries sustained during a dog attack. Of those, nearly half will require medical treatment in an emergency room.
In the State of Connecticut, owners and keepers are held responsible for their dogs with very few exceptions related to trespassing or animal abuse that would cause a dog to react in self-defense.
Meet Our Attorneys
When you choose to secure the representation of Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP you will receive the one-on-one attention and individualized support that you deserve. Our personal injury attorneys will not treat you as just another case number nor will we hand your case off to a paralegal.
Unlike other law firms, we will personally handle each legal aspect of your case, walking with you every step of the way. We aim to provide the highest quality representation possible. In order to do so, we solely represent personal injury cases and devote 100% of our attention to personal injury law.
We obtain the knowledge and skill-set necessary to maximize your compensation.
What Kinds of Damages can I Expect?
According to state law:
"If any dog shall do any damage to either the body or property of any person, the owner or keeper, or if the owner or keeper be a minor, the parent or guardian of such minor, shall be liable for such damage, unless such damage shall have been occasioned to the body or property of a person who, at the time such damage was sustained, was committing a trespass or other tort, or was teasing, tormenting or abusing such dog.
While every case is different, successful plaintiffs in dog bite cases may receive compensation for any of the following:
- Medical bills and related expenses
- Loss of past and future income
- Disability or disfigurement
- Loss of opportunities
- Property damage
- Emotional damages, including stress, embarrassment, and depression
- In rare cases, punitive damages may also be awarded in order to punish particularly egregious negligence.
Are certain breeds more vicious than others?
While dog owners will vehemently claim that aggression is more about training than breed, the statistics say otherwise. Study after study demonstrates that pit bulls and rottweilers are by far the most violent breeds, as measured by attacks on humans resulting in serious injury or death; however, keep in mind that any dog that has been trained to attack can be vicious, even lethal.
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If you have been bitten by a dog, you may be able to recover damages. Please contact the Connecticut dog bite lawyers of Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP today to schedule your free consultation. With over seven decades of collective experience, we can capably handle your case.