Connecticut Dog and Animal Bite Lawyers
Dogs of certain breeds and temperaments can be incredibly dangerous. There are millions of dog attacks each year in the U.S., many of which result in severe scarring, disfigurement, infections, and even death. If you, your child, or another member of your family was bitten by a dog, you may have grounds for a claim against the dog owner or another party.
The Connecticut dog bite lawyers at Lueker Mott Zezula will evaluate your case for free, answer all your questions, and help you determine how to proceed. Our animal attack attorneys have a comprehensive knowledge of the laws surrounding animal bite cases and will use our experience and resources to help you obtain fair compensation.
Who Might Be Liable for Damages After a Dog Bite?
The defendant in most dog bite cases is the owner of the dog, but there are certain exceptions. Depending on the facts surrounding your case, the following parties may be held liable for damages:
- The Landlord: The landlord might be held liable for a dog bite if he or she knew that the tenant’s dog was dangerous, and the landlord had the right to remove the dog from the premises
- The Dog’s Caretaker: If the dog was under the control of another person or business when the bite occurred, that party might be held liable for your damages. The caretaker might also be liable if the dog was negligently controlled or handled.
- Property Owners: The owner of a residential property can be held liable if a dangerous dog escapes due to a hole in the fence or another defect and an attack happens off-site.
Important Steps to Take After a Dog Bite
Recovering compensation after a dog bite might involve a complicated legal battle. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to simplify the process and give your claim a favorable chance of success:
- Report the attack to the police department and/or the nearest animal control agency;
- Visit a doctor for medical treatment;
- Write down the dog owner's contact information;
- Take photos of any injuries and the dog that caused them; and
- Contact a dog bite lawyer to discuss your case.
It is important that you consult a Connecticut dog bite lawyer before you speak to any insurance companies. Do not sign any documents until you have spoken to an attorney.
The insurance company is far more concerned about protecting their bottom line than about paying for your medical bills. Any information you give them can be used against you. If you accept a settlement without a dog bite attorney, it might not include certain damages to which you may be entitled, such as future medical bills, emotional distress, or pain and suffering
The CT dog bite lawyers at LMZ are ready to answer your questions and aggressively represent your interests. We will evaluate and investigate your case for free. Call us today at (203) 408-6500 or complete our contact form to schedule a free meeting to discuss your case.