Dog Bites

Dog Bite Attorneys

If you or someone you know has been involved in a dog bite incident or animal attack in Connecticut, we can assist you with your claim. Our dog bite lawyers will use our decades of experience to help you resolve your dog bite injury claim. We never ask for money up front. We advance all costs and hire expert witnesses to help strengthen your dog bite case. At the conclusion of the case our firm will be reimbursed from your recovery. If no recovery is collected, you do not owe us anything and we will pay all fees.

Immediately after your injury, contact our dog bite attorneys. Without the guidance of our attorneys, you may do something to negatively impact your case. Our lawyers may advise you not to give any statements or sign any authorizations. There are also potential time sensitive requirements which can get your case dismissed if not met.

The CT dog bite statute imposes strict liability on the owner or keeper of a dog with few exceptions. The statute is C.G.S. section 22-357 and reads:

Damage to person or property. If any dog does any damage to either the body or property of any person, the owner or keeper, or, if the owner or keeper is a minor, the parent or guardian of such minor, shall be liable for such damage, except when such damage has been occasioned to the body or property of a person who, at the time such damage was sustained, was committing a trespass or other tort, or was teasing, tormenting or abusing such dog. If a minor, on whose behalf an action under this section is brought, was under seven years of age at the time the damage was done, it shall be presumed that such minor was not committing a trespass or other tort, or teasing, tormenting or abusing such dog, and the burden of proof thereof shall be upon the defendant in such action.

The injured party will be awarded “damages” or compensation. This is money to return you to the status you were in before the injury occurred. The compensation is not income except for the income lost during the injury. This money is not taxable by the state or federal government. The liable party or their liability insurance company, must pay to the injured party:

  • Past and future medical care and related expenses
  • Past and future income lost due to the accident
  • Permanent physical disability or disfigurement
  • Loss of family, social, and educational experiences
  • Emotional damages, such as stress, embarrassment, depression
  • Strains on family relationships
  • Punitive Damages (In Extraordinary Cases)
  • Damaged Property

Besides the bite victim, the law recognizes that other people may also suffer as a bystander and may be compensated. Dog bites and attacks often occur to children and typically result in serious injuries. A parent who witnesses their child being bitten by a dog could possibly suffer emotional distress. A spouse of a victim who is harmed may be compensated for loss of consortium. The family of a victim who dies of a dog bite injuries can sue for wrongful death.