Personal Injury - Dog Bites & Animal Attacks
According to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, there were about 70 million dogs in the U.S. in 2015, equaling about one dog for every 4 people. Unfortunately, 4.5 million people are bitten by those dogs annually, and 20 percent of those people will need medical attention for their wounds. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about one out of five dog bites will become infected.
Common dog bite injuries include:
- Puncture wounds, lacerations, and bone injuries
- Head, facial, arm, leg, and back injuries
- Serious infections from bacteria such as Pasteurella, Staphylococcus, and methicillin-resistant Staph Tetanus in deep puncture wounds
Because not all dog owners vaccinate their dogs, rabies is always a concern when someone gets bit. While rabies isn’t as common in the U.S. as it is in other countries, the possibility of infection remains. Its lethality means that anyone who is bitten by a dog (or wild animal) they don’t know should seek medical treatment immediately.
While some dog bites aren’t serious, those that are can cause the victim to incur hefty medical bills, miss work because of their injuries, and/or be left with scars, disfigurement, and emotional trauma. Connecticut statutes also cover non-bite injuries and property damages. In addition, a provision has been made stating that any child under 7 who is injured by a domestic dog cannot be accused of having trespassed on the property or having provoked the animal. To recover maximum compensation, your attorney may investigate the possibilities of animal negligence, the owner’s knowledge of the dog’s disposition (scienter), or the owner’s encouragement of viciousness (intentional tort). Although a conviction depends on the specific circumstances around the dog bite, a dog owner is very likely to be held liable for injuries, trauma, and/or financial losses when the victim is represented by a dedicated personal injury lawyer. Contact Attorney Dolan to see how our firm will help you pursue justice. We offer free case evaluations.