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What you should know about the strict liability law in Connecticut

On Behalf of | Apr 1, 2021 | Animal Bites

Owning a dog can be a huge source of joy in any household, but it’s also a huge responsibility to be a dog owner. If a dog isn’t properly trained or has health issues that cause aggression, it would be up to the owner to reasonably manage that. Certain states, like Connecticut, have gone above and beyond to put that responsibility onto dog owners.

What is Connecticut’s dog bite law?

Connecticut’s dog bite law puts all liability onto the dog owner. This means that if you get attacked or bitten by a dog, that dog’s owner is legally responsible for your medical bills.

Some states require the victim to prove that the dog owner should have known that their dog would bite. Sometimes, dog owners are unaware of the triggers that could make their dog aggressive, or a dog reacts in a way the owner considers to be out of the blue. However, this doesn’t take away from the harm that the dog caused.

Connecticut doesn’t place the responsibility on the victim to prove that the owner knew the dog was vicious or that the owner was negligent. Regardless of whether the dog was knowingly aggressive or it was a random occurrence, the dog owner is held liable for any injuries or damage it does to another person, creature or property.

What if there are two dogs?

Sometimes, dogs lash out and fight each other and people and property get damaged in the process. In this case, Connecticut’s law would hold both dog owners equally responsible for the damage done during the fight to the other person’s dog and any other people or items around.

What are the exceptions?

If the dog owner can prove that their dog was attacking a trespasser or being abused by the person or property it attacked, there might be a case for the liability to be written off. For example, if someone enters your home uninvited and your dog attacks them, you won’t be held liable. To learn more about Connecticut’s dog bite laws, it may be in your best interest to talk to a lawyer.

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