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    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.

    You may also click here to confidentially send us information for us to review your case.

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 Some Facts About Dog Bites

            There are 50 to 60 million dogs kept as pets in the United States.

            About 800,000 people require medical treatment for dog bites each year.

            Approximately 12 people are killed each year in dog attacks.

            Children make up 60% of all dog bite victims.

            Children ages 5 to 9 are at greatest risk of dog bite attacks.

            Most dog bigte injuries to young children are to the head, face and neck.

            Cats can also cause injuries and their sharp claws often cause infection.



Connecticut 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 unprovoked.



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Recent Connecticut Dog Bite Cases

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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.

Atkinson v. Santore  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.

Vendrella v. Astriab Fam. Lmtd. Partnership  In 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 person.  The 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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Connecticut Dog Statistics


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    West Hartford

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