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PERSONAL INJURY: DOG BITES
A dog attack is a frightening, painful
experience that can leave permanent physical and
psychological scars. Persons who own or keep a dog
are responsible for the dog bite injuries caused by their dog.
At the Serrano Law Firm, we have over 25 years
experience in helping adults and children receive
compensation for dog bite attacks. Homeowner insurance usually pays for the injuries in a dog
bite case. We know Connecticut dog law
regarding dog bites and dog attacks. We are a
Connecticut personal injury law firm that pursues
insurance claims and files lawsuits when necessary to protect victims of
dog attacks when the owners of dogs
or their insurance companies try to avoid responsibility
for the dog attack.
We look at your
dog bite case for free. We only charge a fee if we win or
settle your dog bite case.
A person injured by a dog bite or other dog attack can recover payment
for medical bills, scars, pain, suffering and the shock
and fear caused by the attack.
If you or your child has been bitten by a dog, please call us to schedule an appointment
to speak with a dog bite lawyer about your personal injury case.
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Some Facts About Dog Bites
There are 50 to 60 million dogs kept as pets in the United
About 800,000 people require medical treatment for dog
bites each year.
Approximately 12 people are killed each year in dog
Children make up 60% of all dog bite victims.
Children ages 5 to 9 are at greatest risk of dog bite
Most dog bigte injuries to young children are to the head, face and
Cats can also cause injuries and their sharp claws often
Dog Bite Law
Connecticut dog bite law makes someone who owns or keeps a
dog strictly liable for injuries caused by
the dog. This
means that to win a personal injury dog bite case, it is
not necessary to prove that the dog attack occurred because
the owner or keeper was careless or negligent.
As long as the victim of the dog bite was not teasing, tormenting or
abusing the dog, or had not entered private property
intending to cause harm, the keeper or owner of the dog is
responsible for the dog attack. This is true even
if the dog had never previously shown any dangerous
behavior and the dog attack was totally unexpected and
Connecticut Dog Bite Cases
Giacalone v. Housing Authority of Wallingford
Although a landlord who is not the keeper or owner
of a dog would not be liable under the dog bite statute
for personal injury caused by a tenantís dog, the
landlord may be liable in negligence if the landlord knew
or should have known that the dog was vicious.
A Connecticut court threw out a personal injury case
brought under the dog bite statute because the dogs did
not attack the plaintiff but only went near a rabid racoon
before the plaintiff brought the dogs into the house where
she was babysitting. The court noted that the dogs
"did not bite, attack, scratch, menace or othewise
directly harm the plaintiff," who received rabies
shots on the advise of her doctor.
v. Astriab Fam. Lmtd. Partnership
an animal attack personal injury case involving a horse
bite, the trial court erred by granting summary judgment
against the plaintiffs on the rationale that no proof had
been put forward that the horse owner knew or should have
known the horse was likely to cause injury by biting a
Appellate Court noted that a veterinarian, a police
officer who was a lifelong horse rider, and the owner all
stated that horses could bite unexpectedly at any time.
The Court stated that horse owners would be liable
for horse bites causing personal injury, even if by
accident, because they should know that horses are animals
naturally inclined to do mischief or to be vicious.
The Court contrasted cat owners, who would be
liable only if they knew that their specific can had
dangerous tendencies, as ďa catís disposition is
kindly and docile, and by nature it is one of the most
tame and harmless of all domestic animals.íí
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