In some states, a dog’s owner can only be held liable for any bite injuries if they knew or should have known that the dog has aggressive tendencies or the propensity to attack. This is known as the one-bite rule.
However, the law is different in Connecticut. A dog owner is responsible for injuries whether or not they knew that the dog might injure someone. Therefore, the owner can be liable even when an otherwise friendly dog attacks someone.
When the owner may not be liable
The dog owner will not be liable for your injuries in some cases. For instance, if a dog attacked you while trespassing, the owner may not be responsible for your injuries. Trespassing means you entered private property without any legal duty of being there.
Similarly, if you were taunting or tormenting the dog when it attacked you, the owner will be free from liability since you provoked the attack.
Have you suffered a dog bite?
Following a dog bite incidence, you need to seek medical attention to rule out infections or other dog-borne diseases like rabies. Secondly, you need to exchange contact information with the dog owner so that you can contact them later on.
Lastly, and most importantly, you need to document the details of the attack. Eyewitness testimonies, pictures of your injuries or any CCTV footage that captured the attack will come in handy when proving your claim.
Getting justice after suffering a dog bite
You deserve compensation for all the damages you suffered from the dog attack, from medical bills to the pain and suffering. Holding the owner accountable is a step towards the justice you deserve, and if you are unsure of how to handle your dog bite claim, it is advisable to seek assistance.