Aggressive and dangerous dogs can cause traumatic and catastrophic physical injuries, particularly when children are involved. Dog attacks can also be severely emotionally scarring in many cases. At The Flood Law Firm, our Waterbury dog bite injury lawyers understand how devastating these injuries can be. If you or your child were attacked by a dog in Waterbury, we can help.
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The dog bite law in your state will determine how you should handle your case. It will decide important things such as who you can hold responsible for your injuries and losses. Connecticut hasa strict liability dog bite law.
Strict liability means the owner of the dog is liable for any damage caused by his or her dog. Injured victims can proceed under this statute and hold the owner accountable without having to prove that the dog was vicious or that the owner was negligent.
However, if the damage was sustained while the victim was committing a trespass or other tort or was teasing, abusing, or tormenting the dog, the owner or keeper will not be liable.
In certain circumstances, injured victims may also proceed under common law negligence. For example, if a landlord was aware of a tenant’s dangerous dog and did not take steps to alleviate the danger. In these cases, the victim must prove that the responsible party knew of the dog’s nature and was negligent.
If you can, while still at the scene of the accident, collect information about the dog, the owner, and the attack. Most dog bite injuries need immediate medical attention. If you have puncture wounds, lacerations, bad bruises, facial injuries, injuries to your neck or skull, or other serious injuries from a dog attack, go to a hospital in Waterbury without delay. It is especially important to get medical care if the bite breaks the skin, as it could get infected from bacteria in the dog’s mouth. Keep a record of your time at the hospital, such as your patient transcripts. After you have received medical treatment, contact The Flood Law Firm for guidance on what to do next to bring a claim.
You have legal rights as the survivor of a dog attack – or the loved one of a victim – in Connecticut. An attorney can help you protect those rights and pursue maximum compensation. At The Flood Law Firm, we offer free and confidential initial consultations in Waterbury, CT. Request yours today at (877) 987-9LAW.