Loughlin FitzGerald, P.C. lawyer W. Glen Pierson just completed negotiating the settlement of a claim involving a client who fell to the ground after being startled by a barking dog. The dog, which was obscured from view by a fence and hedge, was on residential premises while the client was on an adjacent public sidewalk. The fall caused the client to fracture her arm and sustain other personal injuries and damages. The claim was resolved on a pre-suit basis for $176,500.00.
A dog may be a man’s best friend but there are important reasons to make sure that dogs and humans alike are protected against harm. When dogs attack people, the injuries, physical pain and emotional scarring can be severe. A look at a report published by the Connecticut General Assembly on the state’s dog bite laws gives an overview of how Connecticut handles this subject.
According to the Connecticut Post, 42 people across the country died as the result of a dog attack in 2014. While every event may not be preventable, there are steps that owners and others can take in order to avoid a dog bite.
Many people throughout Connecticut, and across the U.S., keep dogs as pets. While many spend their lives as loving companions, there are frequent incidences of dog bites and attacks. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 4.5 million people suffer dog bite injuries each year. Of those, 20 percent must receive medical attention. The wounds eventually heal for most dog attack victims, but the physical and emotional effects may be long-term.
As seen in recent news, Connecticut lawmakers are reviewing a proposal that aims to prevent homeowners’ insurance companies from discriminating against the owners of certain breeds of dogs. That is because certain animals may pose a bigger threat of attacking someone, causing damages for which the insurance policy often pays.
Although they are often referred to as man’s best friend, there are numerous reports each year of people being attacked by dogs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, close to 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs in America each year. Often, the injuries suffered by dog attack victims require immediate medical attention, including cleaning, suturing and bandaging wounds. There are also cases in which ongoing care, such as reconstructive surgeries or therapy, may also be needed.
People throughout New Haven, and all of the U.S., own dogs of all shapes and sizes. Some keep dogs for companionship, while others keep them for personal or property protection. There are also those who own dogs as service animals and depend on their pet to provide different types of assistance. Regardless of a person’s intentions in owning a dog, they have a responsibility to ensure that their pet does not pose a risk to their neighbors or the public.
When many people in Connecticut, and elsewhere, think of dogs, they think of a faithful companion or family pet. Although this is true of the majority of dogs who are kept as pets in the U.S., there are some cases in which dogs are the perpetrators in vicious attacks, which can result in serious injuries. Dog bite injuries can often require significant medical treatment, including suturing and surgeries.
Most Connecticut dog owners would never expect their furry friends to attack anyone. Unfortunately, pets are sometimes unpredictable. Even when dogs are kept in their homes, they are prone to escape if the doors are not securely shut or locked.
The majority of New Haven dog owners take excellent care of their pets. The dogs, in turn, respect their owners and other people, and it is rare for them to harm a person. However, when dogs do not have an owner they can trust, they sometimes become hostile. In some cases, these neglected dogs may cause people to suffer from dog bite injuries.