Each year, more than 4.5 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs. This leads to numerous injuries - more than 800,000 people require medical treatment - and a few dozen deaths. In many cases, the dog's owner or keeper can be held liable under a strict liability theory pursuant to the Connecticut Dog Bite Statute CGS Section 22-357. What this means is that the owner may be responsible for medical bills and disability that arise as a result of injury. Additionally, a person can proceed against someone other than the owner, such as a landlord, if such an individual is aware of a dog's vicious propensities. Yet, in Connecticut, victims often have a difficult time obtaining the compensation they're owed.
The legal team at Cummings Law Firm is prepared to help. For more than 25 years, we've provided qualified legal assistance to injury victims in Waterbury and throughout Connecticut. In this time, we've earned a reputation for offering the highest quality representation and producing successful results. If you or a loved one has been injured by a domestic animal, our firm stands ready to assist.
Why Working With A Lawyer Is Necessary
Our state's dog bite laws extend beyond bites, per se. Namely, they cover any type of injury that a dog might inflict, such as pouncing and scratching. Likewise, they often cover injuries imparted by other types of domestic animals.
However, filing a successful claim against an owner is far from easy. Defendants have found a great deal of success claiming that victims violated trespassing laws or actively provoked an animal into attacking. Such matters are rarely cut-and-dry. If a child stoops to pet a strange dog, and the animal feels threatened, to what extent should liability be pinned on the owner? How much on the child's parents?
This is where our firm can assist. We pursue compensation for hospital visits, medical treatment, prescription costs and similar concerns assertively. We understand how important it is to obtain adequate care, and work hard to ensure that our clients can afford it.
Legal Assistance After An Animal Attack
To learn more, reach out to Cummings Law Firm today. You can call our offices at 203-754-7779 or reach us online. Initial consultations are free. This allows us to address your concerns and answer your questions before you're obliged to retain us.