According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), more than 4.5 million people suffer dog bites each year. A serious dog bite injury can result in current and long term medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, extensive surgery, permanent scarring, death, and devastating physical and psychological injuries. Unfortunately, it is children who are most likely to sustain serious injuries as a result of a dog attack.
Connecticut has a statute that imposes strict liability upon the owner or keeper of a dog that inflicts bodily injury on a person irrespective of whether the owner or keeper was negligent in controlling the dog. The statute creates two exceptions to this rule of “strict liability”. The first exception exempts from liability the owner or keeper of a dog who does damage to a person who was committing a trespass or other tort. The second exception applies if you find that the person bringing a claim for injuries was teasing, tormenting, or abusing the dog. So the facts which a party must prove to be successful when bringing a dog bite claim are 1) that the defendant was the owner or keeper of a dog, 2) that the dog did damage to the body or property of the plaintiff, and 3) that nether of the two exceptions applies.
So what should you do if you have been attacked by a dog?
Get appropriate medical attention;
Take photographs of your injuries as soon as possible following the attack; and
Call an attorney to discuss your options.
If you have been attacked by a dog, and have questions as to your legal rights, contact Philip Russell, LLC, a law firm committed to protecting your legal rights and getting you the fair compensation that you deserve.
Lastly, if we accept your case, you have nothing to pay up front; our fee will come out of the settlement or jury verdict, and only at that time can we be paid.
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