Dog attacks can result in serious injuries and harm to victims. During 2012, thousands of dog bite injuries occurred and there were 42 dog bite-related fatalities. In addition, 60 percent of dog bites happen to children. Dog bites can cause a variety of injuries including serious physical and emotional scarring. Dog bite laws in Connecticut protect victims and ensure they are properly compensated for the physical, financial and emotional damages they have suffered in a dog attack.
Connecticut dog bite law is referred to strict liability law which means that pet owners have a duty of reasonable care to keep others safe from their pets and that even if they are unaware of prior aggressive behavior, they are strictly liable for the harm their pet causes to victims. Provided the victim is not trespassing at the time of the dog bite, or teasing or tormenting the dog, the pet owner can be held liable for the harm the victim has suffered.
Victims of dog bites can suffer extensive physical injuries which can be disabling and require ongoing medical care and treatment. In addition, they can suffer emotional trauma. Victims may also be unable to work while they are recovering. A personal injury claim for damages can help victims recover compensation for the physical, financial and emotional damages they have suffered in a dog attack. Victims can recover compensation for damages including medical expenses, future medical care, lost wages and pain and suffering damages.
It is important that the victim of a dog attack is protected which is why dog bite laws and personal injury protections are in place to help victims through the challenging period of time after they have suffered a dog bite injury. Victims of dog bites should be familiar with the protections in place to help them after a dog attack.