Dogs can be a great source of companionship. Unfortunately, these fluffy canines can be a great source of pain when they become aggressive. While anyone can be a victim of a dog attack, children are often more vulnerable, thanks to their stature. A dog attack can result in severe physical injuries as well as lasting emotional trauma.
If you are a victim of a dog attack in Connecticut, common sense would tell you that the dog owner has a case to answer, right? After all, Connecticut is a strict liability state, meaning that you do not have to prove negligence on the part of the dog owner. However, this is not always the case. Not all Connecticut dog attack cases end in compensation for the victim.
Here are three reasons why a court might deny your dog bite claim.
1. You provoked the dog
A court might throw out your dog bite case if it establishes that you provoked the dog to the extent that it was your fault that the animal attacked you.
2. You were trespassing on the dog owner’s property
The court might decide it was your fault for being somewhere you should not have been.
3. Expiry of the statute of limitations
In Connecticut, you have three years from the date of the attack to file a dog bite claim.
If you are a victim of a dog attack, it is important to find out if you are eligible for compensation for your injuries. Not all cases are clear-cut, and understanding how to argue your case will be crucial.