New Haven Dog Bite Lawyers
If you or your loved one suffered severe injuries as the result of a dog bite in Connecticut, do not delay in seeking legal representation. You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. Dog bite cases can be extremely complicated for victims because the dog owners involved are usually the victim’s friends, family members, our neighbors. People frequently have concerns about the financial hardship they might place on these acquaintances by filing injury claims.
The good news for victims is that homeowner’s insurance policies cover most dog bites, so you do not have to worry about impacting the finances of the dog’s owner, especially if they are a family member, friend, or neighbor. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers has experience dealing with insurance companies and can help you recover all of the compensation you are entitled to for your dog bite injuries.
Do not try to negotiate a settlement with an insurance company by yourself. Instead, call 1-800-PERKINS or (203) 397-1283 if you live outside Connecticut to have our New Haven dog bite lawyers review your case and help you understand all of your legal options during a free consultation.
Do I Need A Dog Bite Lawyer?
Some people believe that handling their dog bite claims by themselves will allow them to keep more of their final award for themselves. In actuality, these individuals usually have to accept settlements that are much less than what they were entitled to—and some recover nothing at all.
You will want an attorney who will work to help you recover every last dollar of compensation you are entitled to. The settlement that you may be initially offered by an insurance company is almost assuredly nowhere near what you could actually be able to recover. Your lawyer not only handles all negotiations with insurers, but they can also conduct an independent investigation of the attack to preserve the vital evidence you need to prove your claim.
Serious dog bites can be extremely traumatic incidents for the victims involved. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers understands both the physical and emotional tolls that dog bites take on victims, and our firm works to help these people get justice.
Why Choose Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers To Handle My Case?
Jonathan Perkins has over three decades of legal experience. He is admitted to state courts in Connecticut and New York as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.
Mr. Perkins is a member of such prestigious legal organizations as the Connecticut Bar Association, American Bar Association, and New Haven County Bar Association. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers was a winner of the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents Litigator Award in 2015.
Our firm has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients. Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers represents individuals on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay us if you receive a financial award. We are willing to meet with you wherever you are if you are unable to visit our office. Call 1-800-PERKINS or (203) 397-1283 if you live outside Connecticut to arrange a no cost, no obligation consultation.
Types of Dog Bite Cases We Handle
Connecticut is considered a strict liability state when it comes to dog bites. Under Connecticut General Statute § 22-357, a dog owner is liable for any damage to the body or property of another person. The three exceptions to this liability are when a dog bite victim:
- was trespassing;
- was committing another tort; or
- was teasing, tormenting or abusing such dog.
In a dog bite case involving a victim under seven years of age, the same statute provides that it is presumed that such a minor was not committing a trespass or other tort, or teasing, tormenting or abusing such dog. The defendant in a dog bite action has the burden of proving any such defense.
In Connecticut, a victim typically has two years to file a legal claim to seek damages for a dog bite. You should not wait to take legal action though, as unnecessary delays can negatively impact case resolutions.
Dog Bite Statistics
An estimated 4,521,300 people were bitten by dogs each year between 2001 and 2003, according to researchers with the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The number represents 1.5 percent of the population in the United States, and another CDC study found 756,701 persons who sustained bites required medical attention.
A November 2010 statistical brief from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) found there were 316,200 emergency department (ED) visits and 9,500 hospital stays related to dog bites in 2008. This translates to an average of 866 ED visits and 26 hospitalizations a day.
The HCUP brief also noted that the average cost of a dog bite-related hospital stay was $18,200, about 50 percent more than the cost of the average stay for other injuries. The Insurance Information Institute (III) and State Farm reported that homeowners insurance companies paid over $686 million in liability claims related to dog bites and other dog-related injuries in 2017.
The 2015 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that 28,079 people underwent reconstructive procedures related to dog bite repair in 2015. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) estimated in 1997 that annual monetary losses for dog bite victims could be as much as $2 billion.
Contact a New Haven Dog Bite Attorney Today
Did you or your loved one suffer severe injuries because of a dog bite in Connecticut? You will want to contact the New Haven injury lawyers of Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers. Our firm can assist in making sure that you obtain all of the compensation you need and deserve. Our lawyers will provide a complete evaluation of your case as soon you call 1-800-PERKINS or (203) 397-1283 if you live outside Connecticut, or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.