Personal Injury Cases
It is estimated that 4.5 million people in America are bitten by a dog each year. Studies have shown that children are more likely to be seriously-injured by a dog bite than adults. Children are more likely to be bitten in the face; head or neck area while adults are more likely to be bitten in their lower extremities.
There are primarily two ways in Connecticut to recover money damages for an injury suffered because of a dog attack: pursuant to the so-called “Dog Bite Statute” or under the common law.
22-357 of the Connecticut General Statutes provides: “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 the amount of 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.” Although this statute is referred to as the dog bite statute, we have successfully used it to recover money damages for clients not actually bitten, but who have, for example, fallen from roller blades or bicycles upon being scared by a charging dog.
To succeed in a common law negligence action for injuries related to a dog bite, the injured person must prove that the defendant knew or should have known that the dog was vicious. This requirement does not apply to cases brought under the statute.
Insurance companies have asserted various arguments over the years in defense of dog caused injury claims, so if you or someone that you care about has been injured because of a dog, get in touch with a New Haven, Connecticut personal injury attorney at Licari, Walsh & Sklaver, LLC right away.
An experienced attorney will know how to go about proving your case. Dog bite cases can be complicated because a dog owner, keeper or handler can tell the story of what happened in a completely different way to escape liability. That