In Connecticut, pet owners are subject to strict liability for dog bites. Owners are responsible for the damage done by their dog even if their dog has never bitten anyone before. In addition to holding dog owners responsible for bite injuries, Connecticut law holds dog owners responsible for other injuries caused by dogs (e.g., a person sustains a bodily injury when an excited dog jumps on him or her and causes a fall accident).
Connecticut statute 22-357 states:
If any dog does any damage to either the body or property of any person, the owner or keeper shall be liable for such damage, except when such damage has been occasioned to the body or property of a person who, at the time such damage was sustained, was committing a trespass or other tort, or was teasing, tormenting or abusing such dog.
The law creates a presumption that a child under the age of seven was not committing a trespass or tort, or teasing or tormenting a dog, and states affirmatively that it is the burden of a defendant in such cases to prove that a child of such age was committing such acts. This is an important section of the law because children are often the subject of dog bite attacks. Please view our section on dog bite child injuries to learn more.
Help For Connecticut Dog Bite Victims
If you or a family member has been injured by a dog, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at Loughlin FitzGerald, P.C. We represent clients throughout Connecticut in dog bite and dog accident injury claims. To schedule a free consultation, contact our law office in Wallingford, Connecticut.
Put Our Experience To Work For You
Our team of skilled personal injury lawyers has more than 100 years of combined experience. We have advocated on behalf of many clients who have been injured by dogs. We understand that dog bite attacks can cause both physical and emotional damage. We have experience in cases involving serious injuries, including bites to the face and bites that cause severe scarring.
We are committed to obtaining the compensation our clients are entitled to receive. We seek full compensation on behalf of those injured by dogs for their pain and suffering, doctor or hospital bills, rehabilitative care, costs of cosmetic or reconstructive surgeries, counseling costs and other available means of recovery. As a client of our firm, you will have a strong advocate on your side.
Contact A New Haven Dog Bite Injury Attorney
We handle all personal injury claims on a contingency fee basis, so you pay no fees to us unless we recover compensation for you. To schedule a free consultation with a Connecticut dog bite attorney at our firm, call 866-475-8805 or contact us by email.