Devastating and tragic dog attacks regularly show up in headlines in Connecticut and the rest of the country, but it seems that many dog owners remain oblivious to the damage that their pets can cause to innocent people. An animal attack can result in serious injuries or even death. It is vitally important for dog owners to take the proper precautions to protect others from dog bites, including getting obedience training, using a leash in public and restraining an animal that is known to be aggressive. Unfortunately, some owners either refuse to protect others or don't think their beloved pet can be dangerous.
Some pet owners in Connecticut might not be cognizant of the fact that, each year, some 4.5 million people suffer dog-bite injuries, with approximately 885,000 of them requiring medical care. Moreover, some owners might not be aware that if a person is injured by a dog bite, the animal's owner may be held liable for the incident.
People who have suffered dog bite injuries in Connecticut may wonder if they are able to sue the dog's owners, and if so, what damages they may be able to recover. Under the state's strict liability statute, a dog owner may be held liable for damages even if he or she had no reason to believe that the dog had a propensity to attack others or had never bitten another person before. Moreover, injured victims do not need to prove negligence under this statute.
Typically, after a dog has seriously bitten a person and police respond to the scene, the animal is quarantined for a period of time. Authorities may then investigate other possible attacks and decide the fate of the dog. The owner of the animal could also be charged with a violation.
Connecticut police officers often risk life and limb to ensure the public's safety. They count on the other members of the force to watch their back and help when needed. What they don't expect is an injury from a member of their own team.
People who own, study and care for dogs will tell you that how a dog is raised is the primary factor in whether or not the animal will viciously attack someone. In some instances, a dog bite might happen after a person's unexpected move triggers a reaction in the dog. Still, dog owners are ultimately responsible for their pets' behavior, and in some cases, people who have been injured by a serious dog bite may need to seek legal compensation for injuries.