Owners Are Responsible For The Actions Of Pets

Who Is Legally Responsible For A Dog Bite Injury In Hartford?

Dogs make wonderful pets and companions. However, they can also cause a great deal of harm to people. Dog bite attacks cause terrible injuries, including deep tissue wounds, scars, scrapes, nerve damage, bruises, dangerous infections, disfigurement and severe psychological trauma.

Connecticut law dictates that dog owners are responsible for their own dog's actions. If a dog bites and injures you, the owner of that dog is to be held responsible for the resulting injuries. A dog owner is responsible for all bites, even if the dog never bit anyone before, as Connecticut has a "strict liability statute" concerning dog bites, attacks and aggression.

What Is 'Strict Liability?'

Strict liability means that the owner of the dog is legally responsible for the actions of the dog if it attacks someone or destroys his or her property. The only exceptions to this rule are if the victim was trespassing with the intent to commit an unlawful act, or if the dog was provoked by someone aged 7 years or older, including teasing, torment and abuse.

A dog does not have to have previously bit, attacked or acted aggressively toward a human or other animal for strict liability to apply.

Representation To Fight For You Or Your Injured Child

If you or a family member has been injured by a dog, an experienced lawyer at McCoy & McCoy may be able to help you recover costs for past, present and future damages and losses relating to dog bite injuries.

Our principal lawyer, Frank McCoy Jr., is certified in civil trial law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy — a distinction that fewer than 0.5 percent of all Connecticut lawyers have earned. Based in Hartford, we are fully committed to personal injury representation and protecting the lives of our clients throughout Connecticut.

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The Devastating Consequences Of An Animal Attack — Physical And Emotional Injuries

Each year it is estimated that almost 5 million people are bit by dogs, and at least half of these incidents require medical attention. Suffering a dog attack can be emotionally scarring.

Many people who are injured by dogs own dogs, have grown up with dogs and are generally fond of dogs. Unfortunately, it only takes one injury for many people to become anxious, nervous and frightened around dogs that they used to trust and love. This is often a devastating, uncontrollable and unwanted reaction to dog attacks for dog owners or people who have family and close friends who are dog owners. Many people report symptoms of anxiety and fear at the sight of or in close proximity to dogs in public as well.

Dog attacks represent some of the most gruesome types of injuries that are suffered, particularly where a child is involved (as is often the case).

Dog attack statistics report that most attacks are caused by dogs the victim is familiar with. Most biting dogs belong to a family member or friend, and the majority of incidents happen at home or in a familiar place.

The most disturbing aspect of dog bite cases is that almost half of them involve child victims, with a majority of those affecting children between the ages of 5 and 9. Estimates show that the number of dog bite injuries caused in this age group surpasses playground injuries in the same group.

Not only are these attacks traumatizing to the child, but many of them result in injuries to the face, scarring and possibly permanent disfigurement. In all animal attack cases, it is essential that measures be taken promptly to preserve evidence, investigate the accident in question, and to enable physicians or other expert witnesses to thoroughly evaluate any injuries.

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