- Each year, more than 4.5 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs.
- Almost 1 in 5 people bitten by dogs require medical attention.
- Every year, more than 800,000 Americans receive medical attention for dog bites; at least half of them are children.
- Children are, by far, the most common victims of dog bites and are far more likely to be severely injured.
- Most dog bites affecting young children occur during everyday activities and while interacting with familiar dogs.
- Senior citizens are the second most common dog bite victims.
In fact, Connecticut has a special law just for people injured by dogs – not just from bites – but from ANY injury caused by a dog, even if the dog did not bite. By law, a dog’s owner or keeper is liable for any damage caused by his or her dog to a person’s body or property, unless the damage was sustained while the person was committing a trespass or other tort or was teasing, abusing, or tormenting the dog. The law presumes that anyone under the age of seven was not committing any of these actions (such as trespassing or teasing the dog) unless the defendant can prove otherwise (CGS § 22-357).
COMMON LAW NEGLIGENCE
A person injured by a dog bite could also proceed under a common law negligence theory. To succeed in such a case, the injured person must prove that the defendant knew or should have known that the dog was vicious. Under the common law, unlike cases brought under the statute, someone other than a dog’s owner or keeper could be liable for a dog bite in certain circumstances. For example, the Connecticut Supreme Court recently held that a landlord could be liable for a bite by a tenant’s dog if the landlord was aware of the dog’s vicious tendencies and did not adequately act to alleviate the known danger.
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.
Whether to proceed under a theory of strict liability or the common law (or both) requires the attention of a knowledgeable and skilled dog bite attorney and dog injury attorney. Personal injury attorney Jim Miron knows you have questions and may be concerned, or even scared, about the consequences of a dog bite or other injuries caused by a dog for you or your child.
Bridgeport personal injury attorney Jim Miron is an experienced dog bite and dog injury attorney and has represented many dog bite and dog injury victims. He understands the financial, physical and emotional consequences victims of a dog bite or dog injury experience.
If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite or other personal injury from the action of a dog, contact Bridgeport dog bite Attorney Jim Miron. He will help guide you through the necessary steps and provide you with the answers and direction you need.
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