Connecticut workers like you often do your job directly in the client’s home. Whether you are a painter, someone who installs appliances, or a person who does other forms of house or even yard work, you spend your hours “on the clock” on someone else’s property. So what if that person has a dog, and that dog then bites you?
According to FindLaw, who takes a look at some frequently asked questions about dog bite attacks and injuries, you could potentially have two separate claims that you can make. The first is against the property owner. When you enter someone else’s home to do work, it becomes the responsibility of that property owner to ensure your safety while you are in their house. This may include warning you of a dog’s presence, or even physically keeping the dog away from you as you work. If these requirements are not satisfied, they can be held liable for your injuries.
The second is a claim for workers’ compensation from your employer. It’s possible, if you are working for a parent company, to consider this an injury while on the job. This doesn’t apply to those who work on their own as individual contractors, unfortunately.
If you have been injured because of someone else’s dog while doing work on their property, talking to an attorney can be a big help. They can clear up misconceptions, explain how dog bite laws function, and help you get compensation for the pain and damage you have suffered.