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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.
What Kinds of Damages can I Expect?
According to state law, “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, except when such damage has 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.
Free Case Evaluations at Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP!
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.