Hartford, Connecticut based trial attorney, Timothy O’Keefe, announced the filing of three new lawsuits in connection with three recent dog attacks in Connecticut. The lawsuits were all filed in Hartford Superior Court. One case involves a pit bull attack on a young child in East Hartford. Another case involves an attack of a young boy in South Windsor. The third case involves an attack by three dogs of a man who was taking a walk in Newington during his lunch break. All three cases seek financial compensation for the victim’s injuries, medical expenses and pain and suffering.
Attorney O’Keefe is an Experienced Board Certified Trial Attorney who has represented victims of dog attacks in courts throughout Connecticut for over twenty years. If you would like to discuss a Dog Bite Claim with Attorney O’Keefe, please contact us for a Free Consultation.
In the recent Connecticut Supreme Court case of Giacalone v. Housing Authority of the Town of Wallingford, the court upheld the right of a person injured in a dog attack to pursue a claim for damages against a landlord if the landlord knows that there is a dangerous dog on the premises and fails to take remedial action. The plaintiff in the case, Patricia Giacalone, filed suit after she was attacked by a dog and suffered injuries at an apartment complex. The trial judge dismissed the complaint and ruled that the only person to sue in such a situation would be the owner or keeper of the dog. The Connecticut Appellate Court reversed that decision and ruled that a person injured in a dog attack could also recover damages from a landlord who is aware of the dangerous dog. The Connecticut Supreme Court upheld that decision.
“This decision by the Connecticut Supreme Court acknowledges the importance of holding property owners and landlords legally accountable when they allow dangerous conditions to exist on their properties. It also makes clear that it is important that a person injured in a dog attack have an opportunity to recover legal compensation for injuries from a number of different potential sources. Oftentimes, the dog owner or keeper does not have liability insurance to cover these damages.” Timothy L. O’Keefe, Kenny, O’Keefe & Usseglio, P.C.
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 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.
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