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What are the penalties for dog bites in Connecticut?

If you have been attacked by a dog, you may be suffering from all sorts of complications, from physical pain and a serious injury to financial troubles brought on by medical costs or lost wages. While experiencing these hardships, you should do everything you can to recover and have those responsible for your suffering held accountable. In New London, and all other parts of Connecticut, dog owners who fail to properly take care of the animals they own can face harsh penalties.

When landlords fail to address dangerous animals

Every year, dogs and other animals cause injuries to unsuspecting victims, which may permanently change their lives for the worse. Since these attacks can make life so challenging, it is crucial for people to do what they can to prevent animal bites in New London, Connecticut, and all over the country. In some cases, landlords may be held responsible if an animal bite took place after they failed to take action.

Understanding the prevalence of dog bites

According to the Connecticut General Assembly, state law mandates that the keeper or owner of a dog is liable if the dog injures someone. In New London, and across the state, dog bite victims are not required to prove that the keeper or owner of the dog which attacked them were negligent or aware that their dog was violent. Regrettably, some people are not familiar with their rights or fail to hold a dog's owner accountable for an injury they suffered. Dog attacks occur in various environments and it is important for people to understand how prevalent this problem truly is.

Different dog bite fault scenarios

Connecticut has a large number of domesticated dogs. This means that a person’s chance of being bitten by a dog can also be somewhat high. However, not everyone knows where the fault lies in a dog bite scenario, and the fault can also differ from case to case.

Diseases and infections that can come from dog bites

If a person is bitten by a dog, it is important for them to clean the wound immediately and then seek out a medical professional as soon as possible. This is because bites from dogs come with several risks that include diseases, as well as mild to severer infections.

How to lower your risk of being bitten by a dog

Pet owners in Connecticut may be surprised to learn that over half of the reported dog bite attacks in the United States actually come from familiar dogs, not strange or unknown dogs. That doesn’t mean that all house dogs are going to bite the people living with them, but it does mean that owners should take steps to lower their risk of provoking a bite.

Injuries caused by dog attacks

Connecticut victims of dog attacks know that sometimes, the bite itself may not be the worst injury. In fact, it may not even be the only injury. There are numerous other complications that can arise from a dog attack after the bite itself has occurred.

Know what strict liability means for animal bites in Connecticut

The first thing you should do following an animal bite is to seek medical attention. If your injury is simple, you may be able to administer first aid on your own. However, as our attorneys at Beebe and O’Neil know, many times, these events lead to severe injuries that necessitate professional help.

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