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.
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.