If you or a loved one was bitten by a dog, the injuries can leave physical and psychological scars.
Under Connecticut’s dog bite statute, a dog’s owner or keeper is liable for injury to a person or damage to property caused by the dog, as long as:
- The injured person was not trespassing at the time of the injury and,
- The injured person was not teasing, tormenting or abusing the dog.
The dog owner does not have to be negligent, careless, or have any knowledge that his or her dog was dangerous to be responsible for injury caused by the dog.
In the state of Connecticut, there is a limited amount of time you have to take action on your dog bite injury. Contact the experienced and knowledgable attorney’s at McEnery Price Messey & Sullivan to discuss your dog bite today.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports these staggering statistics:
- Nearly 4.5 million people are bitten each year by dogs with half of these bites affecting children;
- 1 in 5 people who are bitten (about 885,000) require medical attention for dog bite injuries, half of these are children;
- More than 27,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery in 2012 as the result of dog bite injuries.
Children and Dog Bites
According to the Connecticut Humane Society, children are at greater risk of injury and death from dog bites. Children are so much more susceptible to a dog bite injury, that if a child under the age of seven is bitten, Connecticut dog bite law assumes the child was not teasing, tormenting, or trespassing.
Bitten on the Job
If you sustained a dog bite injury on the job delivering mail, packages, food, working at veterinary clinic or shelter, or servicing a repair in someone else’s home, you also have a workers’ compensation component to your dog bite injury.