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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.

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.

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.

Dog Bite Statute Applies Only to Injuries Caused by Active Conduct of Dog

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.

Connecticut Appellate Court Recognizes Common Law Action for Damages Against Landlord Who is Not Owner/Keeper of Dog

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.

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