Contact Connecticut Dog Bite Attorney
Have you or a loved one
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:
Contact me even if you’re unsure if you have a case. We can discuss the incident at no charge to you.
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.
A Connecticut Superior Court judge recently held that the Connecticut Dog Bite Statute and its strict liability provisions apply only to injuries caused by some active conduct by the dog. In the case of Moulton v. Coffee & More, LLC, et al., Judge Jerry Wagner ruled that a case involving a plaintiff who tripped over a dog who was lying next to the entrance of a store did not give rise to liability under the strict liability provisions of the Dog Bite Statute. Judge Wagner ruled that there would need to be some affirmative act on behalf of the dog for the statute to apply. This case demonstrates that every factual situation is different and every case must be analyzed closely by an experienced Dog Bite Lawyer to determine if there is a viable claim for monetary damages under the circumstances.
In the recent Connecticut Appellate Court case of Giacalone v. Housing Authority of the Town of Wallingford, the court held that a plaintiff could file a common law negligence claim for monetary damages against a landlord who had prior notice of the dangerous propensities of a dog without proving that the landlord was the owner or keeper of the dog. This important case will allow many more victims of dog attacks to recover compensation for their injuries and damages. It will also assist in holding more people accountable for their negligence in connection with dog attacks.
A man taking out his garbage Monday morning on Melrose Street was attacked by his neighbor’s pit bull terrier, police said. The man then pulled out a handgun and shot the dog dead.
Police responded to the call about 6:45 a.m., after the shooting.
Sgt. Christene Mertes said the person attacked by the dog had a valid pistol permit and a properly licensed handgun, and he was not charged.
Police located the dog owner, who told them he’d let the dog out of the house to relieve itself when it took off across the street.
The victim reported minor wounds from the dog.