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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.

Pit Bull Attack on Postal Worker Trial to Begin

The jury trial involving the pit bull attack of a postal worker in Terryville, Connecticut has been scheduled to begin on April 3, 2013 at New Britain Superior Court in New Britain, Connecticut.

The plaintiff, United States Postal Worker Michael Bonola, is represented by Attorney Timothy L. O’Keefe of the Hartford trial law firm of Kenny, O’Keefe & Usseglio, P.C.

“The Connecticut Dog Bite Statute allows a person injured or harmed by a dog owned by another person to bring a lawful claim for damages in Superior Court. To date, the defendant has refused to accept legal responsibility for this attack. We have no choice but to present the case to a jury to request a fair and adequate award of damages for Mr. Bonola’s injuries.”  –Timothy L. O’Keefe, Esq.


Waterbury Dog Law Toughened, Requiring Restraints In Public

Waterbury is putting teeth in its vicious-dog ordinance.

The Republican American reports (http://bit.ly/SepWCy ) that the Board of Aldermen has approved a change to the city’s code of ordinances, requiring owners to restrain their vicious dog at home in addition to previous rules restraining dogs in public.

If you or a loved one have suffered an injury involving a dog, you should consult with and experienced Dog Bite Lawyer to determine if you have a valid claim for compensation under Connecticut’s Dog Bite Statute.

Click here to read the whole story: http://tinyurl.com/95gf93s


Separate Dog Attacks in Groton and Tolland, Same Day

A 20-year old woman and a 70-year old man were attacked on Tuesday, August 28th in unrelated dog attacks involving pitbulls.  Both victims are in stable condition and the offending dogs have been taken into custody by the local animal control units.  For more informtion about these attacks you can read the article via the link below.

If you or a loved one have suffered an injury involving a dog, you should consult with and experienced Dog Bite Lawyer to determine if you have a valid claim for compensation under Connecticut’s Dog Bite Statute.

http://tinyurl.com/9obaeab


Connecticut Appellate Court Holds Recovery Under Dog Bite Statute Limited to “Active or Affirmative” Conduct of a Dog

In a decision officially released on April 24, 2012, the Connecticut Appellate Court has re-affirmed prior appellate court decisions that have held that a damage recovery under the Connecticut Dog Bite Statute is limited to those circumstances where the damage or injury complained of was caused by active or affirmative conduct of a dog.

 

The plaintiff in the case of Atkinson v. Santore filed a lawsuit against a homeowner claiming she was potentially exposed to the rabies virus due to her contact with a homeowner’s dogs that had come into contact with a rabid raccoon.  The plaintiff did not observe the dogs have any physical contact with the raccoons.  The plaintiff argued that the Dog Bite Statue does not require an active or affirmative act on the part of the dog to allow recovery.

 

The Connecticut Appellate Court disagreed and stated that, “our courts have long held that the [Dog Bite Statute] applies only to a dog’s volitional conduct that is either vicious or mischievous rather than innocent or voluntary.”

 

If you or a loved one have suffered an injury involving a dog, you should consult with and experienced Dog Bite Lawyer to determine if you have a valid claim for compensation under Connecticut’s Dog Bite Statute.

Superior Court Holds that Statutory Defense Does Not Require Proof of Intentional Conduct

In the Superior Court case of Kizer v. O’Neal, Judge Thomas Corradino recently held that engaging in conduct which is naturally likely to irritate and provoke a dog is sufficient to preclude recovery under the Dog Bite Statute. Therefore, a child too young to realize that rough housing could provoke a dog into biting may be barred from recovery under the Dog Bite Statute, even though the child was engaging in innocent play. Every case is different, so you should consult an experienced attorney in this area if you have questions about your particular situation.


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