While dogs are known to be man’s best friend, many people often forget that they are still animals that have aggressive instincts. Even a small, seemingly harmless dog could cause serious injuries to an unsuspecting individual, especially a child. If you or a loved one have suffered injuries due to a dog bite, you cannot afford to go through this time without legal counsel. The sooner you retain representation from Donlin Law, the quicker I can begin working on crafting a compelling case on your behalf.
As a skilled New Haven personal injury lawyer, I am more than prepared to take on your case. Please do not hesitate to give my Hamden firm a call to set up a free consultation! I look forward to advocating for your rights during this trying time.
In Connecticut, there are certain statutes and liabilities that impact how dog bite claims are resolved. Understanding how these matters are tied into your case is extremely important, as it will affect how you move forward with your claim and the type of damages you can recover.
Under the statute, an owner will be considered liable for any damages and injuries if:
Essentially, so long as the attack was unprovoked and you were not on another’s property illegally, the dog owner will likely be held liable. Under this law, you could recover compensation for all injuries caused by the dog in general, such as if a dog knocked you over and caused you to break your wrist. Even though this was not a dog bite, if the attack caused the injury, it is still covered under the statute.
The law that governs dog bites and attacks is a “strict liability” law, which means that the owner can be held responsible for the injuries and damages you suffered, regardless of whether or not they knew the dog could be violent or hurt another individual. In several other states, a dog owner may avoid liability if their dog never demonstrated any aggressive tendencies. Thankfully, Connecticut enforces much stricter laws on these types of situations, allowing victims to recover compensation no matter the past history of the animal.
Keep in mind, if you or a loved one were attacked and injured by a dog, you need to file a lawsuit within two years. This means you will need to move quickly to ensure your case is resolved before the statute of limitations runs out.
If you are dealing with a personal injury matter, you probably have many questions and concerns regarding what you should do next. You have come to the right place for answers. I, Attorney Christopher Donlin of Donlin Law, can provide you with the reliable legal guidance you need and deserve. As a Hamden CT personal injury attorney, I have secured more than a million dollars in settlements on behalf of my clients!