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Dog bite law basics in Connecticut

by | Jul 31, 2018 | Dog Bites, Personal Injury, Premises Liability |

When it comes to dog bites, many people may not know that Connecticut is a strict liability state. That means the dog owner is liable for the injuries that result from a dog bite even if the owner did not know that their animal would injure someone. This means even if the owner truthfully says ‘my dog is very friendly and has never bitten anyone before’, they can still be found legally liable for the injuries their dog causes.

The first point to keep in mind is that there is a time limit during which the premises liability claim involving a dog bite must be filed. If the case is not filed in court within two years of suffering the dog bite, the statute of limitations runs out and the case is probably not going to be entertained in court, even if he cause of action was a real one. The statute of limitations begins to run from the date of the injury.

The law states that the owner is liable for the dog’s injuries if the person who was injured was not trespassing and the injured person was not abusing, tormenting or teasing the dog in question. Liability could arise with regards to property damage. Additionally, the law does not only apply to dog bites-it applies to any injuries caused by the animal. That means if the dog jumps onto an elderly person and hurts them, the dog owner could still be found liable even if the dog didn’t actually bite someone.

There are certain duties that dog owners owe to the world, including keeping their animal on a leash. Not fulfilling these obligations could end up in an injury, which is most likely going to be a traumatizing event for the injured person. It might be possible to pursue recovery through a personal injury lawsuit.



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