When can you lose a dog bite case in Connecticut?

On Behalf of | May 21, 2022 | Animal Bites

Dogs offer great companionship for people. However, a dog’s behavior can be extremely unpredictable, especially when it is poorly trained. If you are attacked by a dog, it is important that you seek medical attention as soon as possible. Besides the physical and emotional injuries, an untreated dog bite can leave you with other complications – including infections, scars and more.

Generally speaking, the dog’s owner is responsible for its actions – and your injuries. However, there are always exceptions to that rule. Here are three reasons you could lose the right to compensation after a bite:

You provoked the dog

According to Connecticut statute, the dog owner or keeper is responsible for injuries inflicted by their animal. Connecticut’s strict liability statute implies that the dog owner does not have to know whether their animal was vicious or not. However, the dog owner cannot be held liable if it is established that the attack victim teased, tormented or abused the animal in any way. 

You trespassed into the dog owner’s property

To successfully litigate a dog attack case, the victim must prove that the attack happened in a public place or while they were legally on the dog owner’s property. Connecticut law will not protect a dog attack victim if they were attacked while trespassing into the dog owner’s property.

You missed the deadline for filing your lawsuit

This is pretty straightforward. Every state has a timeline within which you can bring a premises liability lawsuit against the defendant. This is referred to as the statute of limitations. You have up to two years from the date of the attack to file a premises liability lawsuit against the dog owner. You risk having your claim dismissed if you miss out on this statute. 

A dog attack can leave you with serious injuries. Find out how you can protect your rights while pursuing a premises liability lawsuit following a dog attack. 


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