Millions of Americans are the proud owners of dogs. It is believed that there are nearly 70 millions dogs currently living in the country, quite a few of which can be found in Connecticut. Thankfully, there are numerous pet owners who never have issues with their animals being aggressive; however, there are those who do, and they may be held responsible when animal bites occur.
Connecticut residents who have been attacked by animals know that the resulting damages can have long-lasting effects. Following animal bites, victims may experience numerous health and physical issues -- from illnesses to disfigurements and beyond. Aside from the physical effects, such attacks can also cause emotional and monetary damages. Have you found yourself dealing with this type of situation? If you have, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your losses.
Many Connecticut residents may experience anxiety whenever they go for walks. One never knows whether dog owners will make sure their dogs are restrained on leashes, and it only takes one dog that acts aggressively to instigate others -- sometimes with devastating consequences. Animal bites led to a lawsuit that was recently filed in another state after a woman and her dog were attacked by another person's pet pit bull.
In most cases, dogs are gentle, loving creatures, which is a large part of why so many Connecticut residents have pet dogs. However, sometimes seemingly docile and well-behaved dogs can unexpectedly attack. Animal bites can leave victims permanently scarred, and in some cases, bites can be fatal. Dog owners can be held accountable for medical expenses, lost wages and other losses caused by such attacks
Under Connecticut law, owners of animals are held strictly liable if their pets cause any personal injury to a person who is lawfully on their property. It is not only animal bites that can cause injuries; other instances can cause injury as well. For example, if a large dog jumps onto someone, causing that person to fall and suffer a fractured bone, the dog's owner could be held liable for those injuries. However, if that person had teased, tormented or abused the dog, the owner of the dog may not be held accountable.
Dog owners in all states must have proper control of their dogs and comply with state laws related to registering and vaccinating their animals. Animal bites lead to many lawsuits in Connecticut and elsewhere. A man from another state will soon have to testify in court against the owner of a dog that attacked him.
Being attacked by a dog can be an extremely traumatic experience, and, unfortunately, it can happen to anybody, anywhere, including here in Connecticut. It is not uncommon for victims of animal bites to suffer emotional damage along with long-term medical consequences. Police officers in another state recently rushed to the aid of a woman who was attacked by a dog.
Dog owners in Connecticut must be in control of their dogs at all times. In any cases in which animal bites cause injuries, the pet owners can be held strictly liable. Dog bites can cause severe damage -- both physical and emotional -- not to mention the financial consequences of such injuries.
There's a 19-month-old girl recovering from a horrible attack by a dog. Though her mother suggests the girl appears none the worse for wear psychologically from the assault, the same can't be said for her physically.
We have written a lot previously on this blog about the rights people have to seek and possibly be compensated for pain and suffering inflicted by another person's pet dog, cat or other animal.