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Who Is Responsible for a Dog Bite in Connecticut?

Dog bites are painful, traumatic, and often unexpected injuries, as most dogs are well-behaved, friendly, and docile. But all dogs have the potential to bite people—even dogs with no history of aggression.

When dogs are leashed or otherwise controlled by their owners, the risk of bites drops significantly. But when they’re allowed to roam freely, they may bite due to territorial aggression, being startled, or perceived threats to themselves or their owners.

Because of those risks, both the State of Connecticut and individual cities throughout the state have statutes and ordinances pertaining to dogs and the responsibilities owners carry when their dogs are in public spaces or on other people’s properties.

However, not all dog owners follow those statutes or ordinances, and that means if you’re near a dog, such as in a public park or on a public sidewalk, you may be at risk of being injured. If that happens, you may be able to file a claim for compensation against the liable parties, who are generally the dogs’ owners.

“Strict Liability” Law Means Dog Owners Are Liable When Their Pets Bite

Connecticut’s statute on dog bites is a “strict liability” law, which means that liability exclusively falls on dog owners themselves when their animals attack other people. When multiple dogs attack someone, each individual owner can be held liable for the victim’s injuries.

If you or someone you love was bitten by a dog, you can protect your rights by:

  • Getting identifying information from the dog’s owner—To file a claim, it’s important to be able to identify or contact the owner of the dog that bit you. If you aren’t sure who owns the dog, getting in touch with witnesses or other people who were nearby when the attack occurred may help you identify him or her.
  • Calling a lawyer—Dog bite claims in Connecticut have a statute of limitations of two years. In addition, it can be more difficult to track down dog owners or conclusively link injuries to specific dog bites after days, weeks, or months pass.

If you’re a dog owner, you can reduce the risk of your dog attacking someone by:

  • Keeping it enclosed or leashed—Never allow your dog to roam freely when other people are around, especially when you’re in public or on private property. Dogs with no history of aggression can and do bite, even when unprovoked, so keeping your dog restrained is the best way to prevent an attack from occurring.

Need Help with a Dog Bite Claim? Carter Mario Wants to Help.

Dog bite claims can be complicated, and victims can benefit from the experience and a track record of success. The Connecticut dog bite attorneys at Carter Mario Law Firm know what it takes to win, and we’re here to help you get the money you deserve. Contact us today at (203) 806-9256 for a free consultation.

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