Connecticut Dog Bite Lawyer
Protecting Victims of Dog Attacks in Connecticut
Dogs are the second most popular pet in the United States and are popularly referred to as “man’s best friend.” Nonetheless, even friendly dogs can become aggressive, often with no warning. If you’ve been injured in a dog attack, you should consider whether you have a right to compensation. Pursuing compensation for an animal attack can be difficult if you do not know all of the laws surrounding these claims.
Our Connecticut dog bite lawyer at Tehrani Law Group would be happy to meet to discuss your case. We understand the complexities of these claims and how to maximize compensation for our clients. It’s crucial that you take the time to understand all of your options with these claims and the best route to take when pursuing compensation.
Dog Bite Injuries Can Be Severe
- Nerve damage
- Puncture wounds
- Facial injuries
Dog Attack Victims Have a Right to Compensation
Dangerous Dog Breeds
Although any dog could bite, some breeds are more dangerous than others. Generally, larger dogs are more likely to maul and seriously injure a person, though even small dogs can spread deadly infections.
According to an article in Forbes, the most dangerous breeds include:
- Pit bulls. This breed killed 284 people between 2005 and 2017. That represents 2 out of 3 dog fatalities, even though only 6.5% of dogs were pit bulls. Pit bulls can also cause serious but non-fatal injuries.
- Rottweilers. These dogs killed 45 people in the same period.
- German Shepherds. This breed was responsible for 20 fatal accidents.
- Labrador Retrievers. These dogs were responsible for 9 fatal attacks.
- Chow Chow
Connecticut Leash Laws
Owners must have control of their animals when off their property. This means you must have your dog leashed in public, including the sidewalk, parks, or parking lots. You can face a fine if your animal is not leashed, as this is an infraction under the law.
Furthermore, you can’t let your dog roam on someone else’s property without their permission. This might mean keeping your dog inside or leashing him outside.
Penalties increase for letting a vicious dog roam. If this is your second violation in a year, you can be fined $1,000 and jailed for up to 6 months if you recklessly or intentionally let your dog roam and it bites someone. As an example, your dog might have bitten someone 7 months ago. Still, you let him run through the park unleashed, whereupon it bites a second person.
Dog Bite Statistics
- Roughly 4.5 million dog bites happen each year. This works out to a 1 in 75 chance of being bitten by a dog.
- You have about a 1 in 118,776 chance of dying from a dog bite.
- Roughly 885,000 dog bites require medical attention, and around 344,000 require a trip to the emergency room.
- Around 9,455 people required extended hospitalization due to a dog bite.
- The average dog bite settlement for 2021 was $49,025. This is only an average, and your settlement could be more or less depending on your injuries.
Deadlines for Bringing a Lawsuit
What to Do After a Dog Bite
- First, you should stop the bleeding. The dog’s teeth might have shredded or torn a vein, which might bleed unless you apply pressure on the wound using a clean cloth.
- Next, you can clean a shallow dog bite using warm water and soap. If the bleeding is too profuse, however, you should call an ambulance or get to the hospital.
- Have someone try to document the attack. This might mean getting a picture of the animal or tracking it to its home. At a minimum, identify the color and breed of the animal and the direction it took off after the attack.
- Also, remember to call animal control or the police. Under Connecticut law, they will take possession of the animal.