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been bitten or injured by a dog?

Tim O'Keefe at (860) 246-2700

In Connecticut, a dog bite or an injury caused by an attacking dog is the legal responsibility of the owner or “keeper” of the dog, even if the dog does not have a history of violence or dangerous acts.

If you or a loved one have suffered an injury as a result of a dog bite or a dog attack, please contact me, Timothy L. O’Keefe, Esq., a Connecticut Dog Bite Attorney, to discuss a claim for financial compensation. My firm and I have years of experience in representing victims of dog attacks, bringing cases to trial and negotiating many settlements.

Serious dog attacks can result in significant injuries including scarring, nerve injuries, puncture wounds and infection. In addition, many suffer injuries in connection with fending off dog attacks. Dog owners should be held legally accountable for these injuries.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association:

  • An estimated 4.7 million Americans will be bitten this year.
  • Primary victims are children.
  • As many as 800,000 people annually require medical treatment for dog bites.
  • About 12 people each year die from dog attacks.
  • Dog bites most commonly affect the arm/hand (45.3%), leg/foot (25.8%), and head/neck (22.8%).
  • Young children are most frequently bitten in the head and neck region.

Contact me even if you’re unsure if you have a case. We can discuss the incident at no charge to you.

Property Owner Sued After Pit Bull Attacks Small Boy

Hartford, Connecticut trial lawyer, Tim O’Keefe, has announced the filing of a lawsuit against an East Hartford, Connecticut property owner involving a pit bull attack of a small boy.  The lawsuit has been filed in Hartford Superior Court and seeks damages for past and future medical expenses, loss of earning power, permanent facial scarring and pain and suffering.

 

“This small boy suffered extremely painful injuries as a result of this pit bull attack.  We intend to present our evidence to seek full compensation for his losses.”  Attorney Tim O’Keefe

 

If you would like a Free Legal Consultation for a Pit Bull Attack, please contact us directly.


Statutes of Limitation Applicable to Injuries Caused By Dogs

I receive many telephone calls and e-mail inquiries from people who have been harmed by a dog’s attack.  The first legal question that must be answered in these situations is whether or not it is still possible to file a claim under Connecticut’s Statute of Limitations.  In Connecticut, if a dog causes damage to a person or property, a claim for legal damages can be bought against the owner and/or keeper of the dog under C.G.S. Section 22-357.  There is no specific time deadline for filing set out in that statute. Accordingly, our courts have held that the time deadline for claims against the owner and/or keeper of the dog will be governed by C.G.S. Sec. 52-577. That statute provides for a three year time deadline within which to file a claim.

But be careful!  In some situations, the most likely means of recovering financial compensation for a dog attack may be against the owner of the property where the dog attack occurs.  The property owner is not always the dog’s owner (e.g. property rental situations).  In those cases, the claim filed would be a negligence claim against the property owner.  Those claims are governed by C.G.S. Sec. 52-584.  That statute requires that a claim be filed within a two year deadline.

If you have any questions about the Statute of Limitations that applies to your situation, please contact me directly for a Free Consultation. I handle Dog Attack Claims in all Connecticut Courts.


Dog Bite Statistics

Amongst the estimated 70 million dogs living in households across the nation, millions of people, mainly children, have fallen victim these easily preventable happenings. This is why National Dog Bite Awareness is so important.



Pit Bull Attacks 93 year old Connecticut Woman

The Hartford Courant reports on a brutal pit bull dog attack on a 93 year old woman from Branford, Connecticut. You can access the story here: http://www.courant.com/community/branford/hc-branford-pit-bull-attack-0415-20140414,0,5958953.story

If you would like a Free Consultation with a Connecticut Dog Bite Lawyer, please contact us directly. We handle cases throughout the entire State of Connecticut.


Pit Bull Attack in Connecticut, Potential Premises Liability?

The Hartford Courant reports on a recent pit bull attack at a Stonington, Connecticut hotel. This situation raises some questions about whether the hotel operators would share in the liability for the harms caused by the pit bull dog. You can read more about the story here:
http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-mystic-pit-bull-0112-20140112,0,4437973.story

If you would like to discuss legal representation for a Pit Bull Attack, please contact us for a Free Consultation.


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