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A dog bite can cause serious, and possibly life-changing injuries. When an attack occurs, victims will often require extensive medical treatment, including surgery, and may experience severe pain and suffering throughout the length of their healing process. Have a Stratford dog bite injury lawyer at Connolly Brennan Ralabate, PC review your case as soon as possible, so we may go over your legal options. We offer free consultations and accept cases throughout the state, call (203) 493-0093 today.

In Connecticut, dog bite victims have the right to pursue compensation for their injuries but must act quickly. Under state law, claims must be filed within three years, and sometimes in under two.

Why Choose Our Dog Bite Injury Lawyer?

  • We are accomplished personal injury lawyers in Stratford who are dedicated to defending the rights of injured victims.
  • Our firm will provide you with an advocate to carry the burden of your legal battle so that you can concentrate on your health and well-being.
  • We will handle your case on a contingency fee basis, and will not get paid unless you do.

Strict Liability for Dog Bites in Connecticut

Connecticut has a strict liability dog bite statute (CGS § 22-357), which means that a dog’s owner is responsible for almost any injury their dog causes to a person or a person’s property. Victims are not required to prove negligence on behalf of the owner.

There are some exceptions to strict liability for dog bites, such as if the person was trespassing on the dog owner’s property at the time of the injury or if the person was provoking, abusing, or tormenting the dog. If a victim is under the age of seven, the law assumes that none of the above-referenced actions (trespassing or mistreating) were committed. The burden falls on the defendant to prove otherwise.

Why You Need a Dog Bite Injury Lawyer

Working with an experienced Stratford dog bite attorney is extremely beneficial. A lawyer understands how to hold a dog owner responsible so you, and your family can get the compensation you need and deserve after this type of traumatic event.

Oftentimes, a dog attack lawyer will have the ability to skillfully negotiate a fair out of court settlement with the dog owner’s insurance company. If that is not possible, it may be necessary to file a lawsuit and your lawyer will try the matter in court.

What Type of Damages Can You Recover After a Dog Bite?

After a dog bite injury, our skilled legal team at Connolly Brennan Ralabate, PC will explore every potential source of compensation. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be entitled to:

  • Payment for medical bills, including future treatment related to the dog bite
  • Lost wages if you had to miss time from work, and future lost income
  • Compensation for pain and suffering you have experienced and will in the future as a result of the dog bite
  • Punitive damages, meant to punish the at-fault party if they engaged in particularly dangerous or reckless behavior

Why Do Dogs Bite?

Regardless of their size, any type of dog can bite. However, there is typically a reason or they bite in reaction to something. For example:

  • To defend themselves, their territory, or their puppies
  • When feeling scared or was startled
  • If they feel threatened
  • When they are sick or sore from an injury or illness
  • If they are experiencing pain
  • The dog wants to be left alone

It is important to treat a dog bite injury quickly, as this will reduce the risk of infection. A dog bite can be a traumatic experience. Depending on the severity of the injury, it may be wise to call for help and ask someone to drive you to an urgent care or hospital.

Speak to an Experienced Dog Bite Lawyer in Stratford

If you were bitten by a dog and sustained a serious injury, preserve your right to pursue legal action. Contact Connolly Brennan Ralabate, PC today. We will schedule a free, no-obligation consultation for you, call (203) 493-0093 or complete our online form.