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.
A two year old boy was recently severely attacked and killed by three pit bull terrier dogs in Concord, California. The attack occurred when the boy went into the garage of a family home to play. He was attacked by three of the five pit bull terrier dogs living in the home. The boy’s step-grandfather has been arrested in connection with the incident.
TORRINGTON – The owner of a pit bull that attacked a mail carrier on her daily route Thursday afternoon has been cited by police.
Arman Corpaci, 47, of 90 Clearview Ave., was cited for having an unlicensed dog and an nuisance dog.
The dog, a female pit bull named “Naja,” has been placed on a 14-day quarantine.
The mail carrier, 53-year-old Teri Hall, told police she was delivering mail to 90 Clearview Ave. around 12:30 p.m. The dog managed to open a screen door and came out onto the front porch, police said.
In the recent Connecticut Superior Court case of Falconi v. Spicer, Judge Emmet Cosgrove held that an amended complaint adding a claim of negligence to an original complaint asserting only a claim of strict liability under the Dog Bite Statute, CGS Sec. 22-357, does not relate back to the filing of the original complaint for purposes of determining whether the statute of limitations for the negligence claim has expired.
A man’s best friend. How could one argue with the joy and companionship that America’s favorite pets give countless families and children? There is no doubt that most dogs are well trained and well cared for. Most dog owners are very responsible when it comes to dog safety concerns. There are some recent statistics, however, that make it clear that there are some dog breeds that cause an inordinate amount of serious dog related injuries.
According to a recent study cited on DogsBite.org, there were 88 fatal dog attacks in the United States between January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2008. Pit bulls accounted for 59% of these deaths. This is a equivalent to a pit bull killing one U.S. citizen every 21 days during this three year period. The data shows that pit bulls commit the vast majority of off-property attacks that result in death. Only 18% (16) of the attacks occurred off owner property, yet pit bulls were responsible for 81% (13).
Perhaps it is time for the Connecticut legislature to take notice of these statistics and craft breed specific legislation to help protect our children.
This website, CTDogBiteLawyer.com, is provided as a new resource for those who have suffered serious injuries as a result of a dog bite or a dog attack. If this is you or someone you know, contact us at the number above or by filling out the form on the right of this page.
I am Connecticut Dog Bite Lawyer Tim O'Keefe and I am dedicated to helping those who have been injured in dog attacks to recover full and fair financial compensation for their injuries and losses. My legal services are handled on a Contingency Fee Basis and you will pay No Legal Fees or litigation expenses unless we recover financial compensation for you or your family member.
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