According to Connecticut law, a dog owner – or keeper – is
responsible for any damage committed by their canine companion to either
the body or property of any individual. “Property” also includes
a pet owned by another person.
However, a dog owner is not liable for any injuries caused to a person
who was trespassing on the owner’s property. In addition, any person
who teases, torments, or abuses the dog prior to being attacked is not
eligible to file a lawsuit against the owner.
Strict Liability vs. Negligence
There are two ways you can approach your dog bite lawsuit: strict liability
Strict liability means that a dog’s owner can be held liable despite
the fact that he or she took reasonable care to prevent the injury, and
even if the dog has never acted in an aggressive manner before. On the
other hand, negligence can be proven if the injured individual demonstrates
that the dog’s owner had a duty of care to prevent the injury, but
failed to use reasonable care under the circumstances, resulting in injury.
The statute of limitations in Connecticut gives an injured party
two years from the date of the incident to file a case in court.
If you suffered a serious injury from a dog bite or attack, request a
free consultation with our
Hartford personal injury attorneys at
Zayas Law Firm today.