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Dog Bites Increase in the Summer: Who is Liable?

Dog Bites Increase in the Summer: Who is Liable?

During the warm summer months, children are out of school, and more people are outside at parks, playgrounds, neighborhoods, and other public spaces. It is no wonder that researchers and public health officials have noted an increase in reported cases of dog bites during the summer months, likely due to the increased chance of encountering an aggressive dog. So who is liable if a dog bites you or someone you love?

Generally speaking, the dog’s owner is liable for the injuries caused by the dog. Connecticut law provides that the owner(s) of the dog will be held accountable under a “no-fault” theory. The essence of this theory is that it does not require the victim to prove that the dog’s owner knew that the dog was vicious or the owner was otherwise negligent. The simple fact that the dog inflicted injury is sufficient to win the case. The question of fault is taken out of the equation. On the other hand, this theory will fail if the injured party was trespassing (entering onto the land of another) or committing a crime. The law usually requires that this trespass exception must be a bit more than simple trespass. It should also include some level of provocation of the animal like cornering it, teasing it, or taunting the animal (unless the victim is a child under the age of seven).

In Connecticut, a second theory of liability is that the dog owner was negligent. For example, the defendant may have known that his dog was vicious and failed to take precautions in response to the dangers posed by the dog. Perhaps the dog owner was aware of previous aggression, which may have been a previous attack. These constitute general negligence, and the owner is liable for damages.

Are You the Victim of a Dog Bite? We Can Help

Dog bite injuries can be devastating, leaving permanent physical and psychological scars. If you have been a victim of a dog attack, you should know your rights and determine if the owner of the dog is responsible for your injuries. You may be able to recover compensation for your injuries, expenses, pain and suffering and lost wages.

The Connecticut dog bite attorneys of Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers are ready to help you if you’ve been suffered injury from a dog. We understand the life-changing consequences that a dog bite can have on your life. We are ready to fight for you to protect your rights and livelihood. Contact us at 1-800-PERKINS to schedule a confidential, no-obligation consultation with us today.