Keepers of animals have a duty to use reasonable care to keep their animals from hurting people. While this obligation applies to all animals, most commonly we see people being injured as a result of an attack by a dog. In 2014, 42 U.S. dog bite-related fatalities occurred and thousands of injuries happened. Unfortunately, 60 percent of dog bites happen to children. There are special laws addressing injuries caused by dogs which entitle injured victims to compensation.
Even if a dog has no history of aggressive or violent behavior, in Connecticut, its owner can be held responsible for an attack, and the dog will be subject to a 14-day quarantine. Our personal injury lawyers at Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney stand up for the victims of vicious dog attacks in Bridgeport and throughout the state.
"What drew me to Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney was their strong commitment to helping those injured receive compensation for the harm that they have endured—I am proud to join them in accomplishing this goal." Timothy Ramsey
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In the past six months, Jason Tremont has successfully resolved four dog bite claims totaling $550,000. Importantly, the statute is not limited to dog "bites". For example, one of the claims above involved a plaintiff, who was extremely afraid of dogs, who was caused to fall and injure her wrists when a four-pound Yorkshire Terrier chased her into the roadway.
It is against the law to allow a dog to roam freely and not under control of the owner or keeper. In addition, Connecticut law states that a dog cannot "create a disturbance, growl, bite or otherwise annoy" anyone using a state highway, in addition to local ordinances. If a dog bites or even knocks down a person, the owner of the dog can be held responsible for the injuries that are caused. Further, the owner or keeper of the dog is liable for any injuries caused by a dog as long as the victim is not trespassing, tormenting or teasing the dog.
What To Do After A Dog Attack
If a dog is involved in your injury, always identify its owner or license. This will be important evidence to help you seek compensation for your injuries. Additionally, you are allowed to kill a dog during an attack without fear of criminal or civil penalties.
Dog attacks can cause nerve damage, puncture wounds that become infected and scarring and disfigurement. Frequently, we also see attack victims left with deep emotional trauma. We will work with your doctor to determine the extent of your injuries and the financial losses that are a result of them. To learn more, see some of the frequently asked questions most people have concerning a dog bite claim.
Contact Our Experienced Lawyers Today For Help
Dog attacks and most premises liability claims can be difficult to prove. That is why if you have been hurt by an animal, please do not hesitate to contact one of our attorneys to evaluate your case.