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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.