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.
Premises liability is an area of the law that protects parties who enter the property of another from harm. There is a reasonable expectation of the safety when someone enters onto another's property and it is protected through premises liability laws. Premises liability laws allow injured victims to bring a claim for their physical, financial and emotional harm through a persona injury claim for damages.
Most people who are in any way familiar with premises liability law often associate this particular area of the law with the classic "slip-and-fall" scenario. In this type of situation, individuals suffer an injury after they fall on another party's property due to the presence of a dangerous property condition, such as a slippery floor surface. However, this is just one type of scenario that can result in a premises liability claim in Connecticut.
When many of our readers think about dog bite attacks that occur in Connecticut or elsewhere, they probably envision visitors to property who are attacked by the property owner's animal. While that indeed is the case in many instances in which the property owner can be held responsible for the injuries inflicted by the dog, animal owners can also be held legally responsible in other types of situations as well.
With the holiday season on the horizon as the calendar begins to turn to winter, many Connecticut residents will be going to parties with friends and family, as well as planning their own parties and get-togethers. Everyone likes a good party, but these types of situations should serve as reminders that it can be somewhat of a risk going to another person's home or going onto another person's property if you don't know what to expect - and the property owner is negligent.
Many of our readers know that when Connecticut residents are injured on another person's property, it may be possible to seek compensation from the property owner in a premises liability lawsuit. These types of lawsuits are common when people are injured in slip-and-fall accidents, or due to the presence of some dangerous condition on the property in question. But what about inadequate security claims?
Most Connecticut residents probably don't expect to be in any danger when they go to another person's property, but the reality is that all too often there are dangerous conditions that visitors may not be aware of. One of those dangers is the property owner's animal -- specifically dogs.
All property owners throughout the state of Connecticut have certain duties with regards to the safety of others on their land. This means that they must be mindful of potential safety hazards and take proactive measures to properly warn guests or even trespassers of such warnings. Much of this depends on the status of the person who is on the private property.
When a person in Connecticut thinks of a slip-and-fall accident, they may initially imagine a spill on a grocery store floor or an icy sidewalk in the wintertime. However, slip-and-fall accidents can take place just about anywhere. Once slip-and-fall accident that recently reached a settlement four years after the incident occurred took place in a laundromat.
When a person in Hartford is injured on another person's property, he or she may have many unanswered questions. Could the incident have been prevented? Why wasn't that broken step fixed? Why wasn't that spill mopped up? Why wasn't that dangerous animal chained? Why was that parking lot so dark when I was attacked? Finally, what may be the most difficult question a person may want answered is, "How am I going to cope with the medical bills and other losses I suffered due to my injury?"