Experience, Compassion, Results

Experiencia, compasión, resultados

Experience, Compassion, Results

Experiencia, compasión, resultados

We’re on Your Side After a Dog Bite Injury

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 there were thousands of injuries. 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 P.C. stand up for the victims of vicious dog attacks in Bridgeport and throughout the state.

We Know the Law and Can Help You Build a Strong Case

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” a person using a state administered road, 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 call 203-212-9075 or contact us online to evaluate your case.

Advocating for Slip-and-Fall Victims

The world can be a dangerous place, even more so when individuals and companies fail to make sure that premises are safe. If you are facing a difficult situation due to a fall or inadequate security, it is in your best interest to have your potential case evaluated by a personal injury lawyer.

At Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney P.C., we handle all types of premises liability cases in Bridgeport and throughout Connecticut. Combining extensive legal expertise with a commitment to achieving justice for injury victims and their families, we skillfully handle premises liability claims involving:

  • Injuries from falls, including in parking lots and retail stores
  • Security problems, including lack of security cameras and poor lighting
  • Dog bites and animal attacks

We Can Help You Navigate the Legal Process

You have likely heard that cases involving slips and falls can be difficult and that there’s no guarantee that you will be able to get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. This is true. But it is important to understand your rights so that you can achieve the best possible outcome in your situation. We encourage you to get in touch with our firm so that we can examine your case and provide you with an honest assessment of your claim. Don’t say no to yourself before speaking with an attorney.

We Know How to Hold Property Owners Accountable

Businesses and property owners do not have to guarantee that people will not fall on their property. What they must do is take reasonable steps to protect people who they have invited onto the property. For example, if a store is going to make money off of customers’ purchases, the store should be safe for the customer to walk through. If the store or business knows about a dangerous condition on the property, it should fix it.

We have represented many people over the years who have been hurt in falls, including clients who:

  • Fell in a parking lot that was filled with holes and suffered a leg fracture
  • Fell in a pharmacy on a rainy day because the store did not put out mats in the entrance way, and our client suffered terrible leg injuries
  • Slipped and fell on ice and suffered an arm fracture because the store manager who had been told about the ice did not put any ice melt down until after our client fell

There are many more examples, including dim lighting, changes in flooring, exposed electrical cords and liquid spills. However, all of the examples above include businesses not doing the right thing. Part of running a business is running it correctly, and we can help reinforce that message on your behalf.

You Do Not Have to Choose Between Your Rights and Your Family

Situations like dog bites and lax security are why people carry homeowner’s insurance for protection. Rather than being up to your neck in medical bills and suffering in order to protect a loved one from making a claim, it is important to realize that you can collect much-needed compensation without harming his or her personal finances. We can help you understand your rights and make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Do you have a case? We are here to help. To learn more about your rights, call 203-212-9075 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

Dog Bite Frequently Asked Questions

What should you do after a dog bite?

A. Seek medical attention immediately to care for your injuries. You should also obtain as much documentation of what happened as soon as you can. This includes information like the name of the dog owner, the dog’s license and where the incident happened. 

Who can be held liable after a dog attack?

A. Dog owners in Connecticut can be held liable for injuries and harm caused by their dog as long as the victim was not teasing or tormenting the dog or trespassing on the owner’s property. 

Do I have a right to file a claim after being attacked by a dog?

A. Yes. Victims attacked or injured by another person’s dog may be able to file a legal claim against the dog’s owner and seek compensation for their medical care, lost wages and emotional trauma in some cases.