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.
People like to think about the future and how they will achieve all of their ambitions and goals. They may imagine the careers that they will reach or the amazing homes or cars that they will buy when they are more financially stable. When looking ahead, though, Connecticut residents rarely anticipate the harm their actions may cause others or the difficulties they may encounter.
Many people in Connecticut may not realize it, but when they purchase real estate they are taking on a legal duty to others when it comes to the presence of visitors on their property. When injuries occur to another person on the property, the injured victim may be able to pursue a claim under "premises liability" law.
Because of the reasonable expectation of safety on another person's property, premises liability laws are in place to protect victims injured because of a dangerous or defective property condition. Premises liability law protects victims injured in slip and fall accidents and other accidents related to a dangerous or defective property condition.
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.
When most people think about those who are injured by dangerous property conditions, they probably imagine that those conditions are present in an outdoor situation. However, dangerous property conditions can exist indoors as well, and Connecticut residents need to be on the lookout for these conditions in order to avoid a potential serious injury.
It is not that big of an expectation that when Connecticut residents leave their homes they should not have to be in fear of potential dangerous property conditions at the locations they visit. The owners of grocery stores, shopping malls, hotels and all manner of retail and commercial locations have an obligation to ensure that these locations are free from property conditions that could result in harm to the customers and visitors that they seek to have visit the locations to spend their money.
A "slip and fall" case probably makes people think of a relatively simple situation: a person is on someone else's property when they slip on some unseen dangerous condition, fall and suffer injuries as a result. In reality, that isn't too far off. But, these types of cases, which can trigger "premises liability" legal issues, can occur in a wide range of situations.
Many people in Connecticut likely take a very protectionist stance when it comes to their property, especially with real estate. As the saying goes, "A person's home is their castle." But, what duty - if any - does a property owner in Connecticut owe to other people?
Slip and fall accidents are pretty random. After all, most people avoid hazardous property conditions if they notice them in time. The problems arise when victims don't notice a hazard, and then they are injured as a result. These circumstances can give rise to what is known as a premises liability claim. So, how do victims prove these types of claims?