Dog Bite FAQs

Dog owners have a legal duty to take reasonable steps to prevent their animals from attacking others. Animal attacks by a dog of any size can result in significant scarring and ongoing physical and psychological trauma. The personal injury attorneys at the Connecticut law firm of Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney are committed to holding dog owners accountable for the damage caused by their animals.

The following are some of the frequently asked questions we receive regarding dog bite claims. It is important to remember that everyone's case is unique and for specific answers to your dog bite injury questions you should seek qualified legal advice from one our experienced lawyers.

What is the dog bite law in Connecticut? Unlike some states, Connecticut imposes strict liability on dog owners. In other words, the dog owner does not need to have an awareness of past aggressive behavior on the part of the dog, nor does there have to be a history of the dog biting others in order to hold the owner liable. However, there are exceptions to this rule. If the victim was trespassing or teasing the dog, the owner may not be liable for the attack.

What types of compensation am I eligible to receive? The amount and type of compensation to which you may be entitled depends on the nature and severity of your injuries. You could receive compensation for past and anticipated future medical care for your injuries, lost wages if you had to miss work, compensation for permanent disfigurement and/or scarring, pain and suffering, and psychological trauma.

The attack occurred outside of the dog owner's home. Do I still have a claim? Many people have the misconception that a dog attack that occurs away from home, such as at a dog park, means that they do not have a valid claim. This is simply not true. A dog owner has the duty and responsibility to control his or her pet at all times, regardless of location.

If I file a lawsuit, does that mean my friend or neighbor will be put into the poorhouse? Most homeowner's insurance policies cover damages related to dog bites. It is highly unlikely that the owner of the dog will be held personally liable for any financial compensation that you are awarded.

If I sue, does that mean the dog will be put down? Not necessarily. In most cases, the dog will receive a designation as a "dangerous dog" and the owner may be required to put up warning signs on the property and to take other measures to help prevent possible future attacks. As always, any determination as to the dog's fate are taken on a case-by-case basis.

What should I do following a dog attack? The first thing you should do is to seek medical attention. Even a bite that appears minor can lead to a serious infection. Once you have been treated, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible. There are deadlines that must be met in order to successfully make a valid dog bite injury claim.

Contact Our Experienced Lawyers Today If You Have Been Hurt By A Dog

If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog attack, seek legal help from our Bridgeport attorneys as soon as possible. We have extensive experience handling these types of cases, and we understand how to build a strong case. Contact us online to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your case.