What are dog bite laws and protections in Connecticut?

| Apr 26, 2018 | Premises Liability |

An animal attack that results in a dog bite can cause serious injuries to victims, and they may be left facing a lifetime of physical and emotional scars as a result. Victims of dog bite attacks in Connecticut may wonder what the legal protections available to them are and what the laws in Connecticut concerning dog bites are.

Dog bites can cause severe physical, financial and emotional injuries which is why victims of dog bites may have a claim for the physical, financial and emotional damages suffered in a dog bite attack. Connecticut dog bite law is referred to a strict liability which means that regardless of the circumstances, with few exceptions, if a dog bites and injures a victim, the owner of the dog is liable to compensate the victim for the damages they have suffered.

Connecticut dog bite laws seek to protect victims who may be seriously harmed in an animal attack. In circumstances when the victim was trespassing, committing some type of civil legal wrong or abusing the animal, however, the owner is not strictly liable to them for the harm they have suffered.

The unsuspecting victim of a dog bite attack may be left with extensive injuries, scarring and even disfigurement. The emotional trauma of a dog attack can also be significant. As a result, victims may face medical expenses, time away from work recovering and emotional harm following a dog attack. A personal injury claim for damages can help them recover compensation for their medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering damages.

Because of the serious nature of a dog bite attack, it is valuable for victims to be familiar with the legal protections available to them if they have been harmed. Understanding how to protect themselves can be an important step for victims following a dog attack.

Source: Injury.findlaw.com, “Dog Bite Laws by State,” Accessed April 24, 2018

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