Connecticut Dog Bite & Animal Attack Attorneys
Our society loves dogs, as attested to by the 43 million households that keep dogs as pets in the United States. About 30% of Connecticut households had dogs in residence as of 2013. Unfortunately, certain dogs and breeds can be very dangerous, and because there are so many of them, the chances of being bitten by a dog are higher than you might expect.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 4.5 million dog bites are reported each year. In addition, 20% of dog bite wounds end up getting infected and dozens result in fatalities every year. Of course, not every dog bite injury gets reported or requires hospitalization, so the actual number is probably quite a bit higher.
Our investigations have routinely found that the dog is not to blame for these incidents. Rather, it’s a failure on the part of the owner to properly care for or monitor the dog. If the owners followed safety precautions, that would avoid as many as 95% of attacks. Regrettably, we see time and time again that owners are unwilling or unable to make these simple changes.
Injuries That Result From Dog Mauling
No one enjoys a visit to the emergency room, but many victims of a dog mauling end up there. Dogs can cause a variety of damage when they attack, including:
- Heavy blood loss
- Puncture wounds
- Permanent scarring
- Nerve damage
- Broken bones
- Injuries around the eyes and ears
- Facial disfiguring
- Head trauma and concussions
- Serious infection
In addition to all of the above, victims of dog bites are also at risk of infection and disease. Of course, these symptoms may not be immediately apparent and will only come to light days or even weeks after the encounter. If you have been attacked by a dog, you should always see a medical practitioner and alert them to the injury so they can be on the lookout for the following:
- Capnocytophaga spp. (bacteria)
- Pasteurella (bacteria)
- MRSA (also known as staph infections)
That doesn’t even count the emotional cost of a dog attack. For children especially, one bad encounter with a dog early on can lead to a lifelong crippling fear of dogs.
Dog Owner Responsibility
Owning an animal is great fun and can be extremely rewarding, but comes with the responsibility of caring for and controlling the animal. Failure to do so can lead to nasty incidents, or tragic accidents.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of a dog attack, report it right away. Even if you think the injury is not serious, because of the long-term dangers posed by infection you should always seek medical attention. Naturally, many people hesitate to report attacks, because they are worried about what will happen to the dog. Unfortunately, a failure to report the attack could allow the same dog to attack someone else in the future, and the next time the results could be much worse.
How We Represent Victims of Dog Bites and Other Animal Attacks
The legal team at Naizby Law has a great deal of experience representing victims. When you come to us, we will work quickly to assemble evidence and put together a strong case in order to fully compensate you for your injuries. We work with local animal control authorities to document mistreatment of animals and bring attention to owner neglect. We have animal behavioral experts review the nature of your attack and the environment in which the attack occurred. The preservation of evidence and investigation early on more often than not leads to favorable pre-litigation outcomes for our clients.
Our Connecticut personal injury attorneys are more than capable of seeing your claim all the way to trial if necessary and we find this ability often leads to faster and more favorable resolutions for our clients. Rarely does our investigation find a bad dog, but often we find bad or negligent owners.
Contact us today at (203) 245-8500 to schedule a free and confidential consultation.
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For over 20 years, John has exclusively represented people (not insurance companies).
John has received the America’s Top 100 Attorneys Lifetime Achievement Award.
Since the year 2000, John has been a Board Certified Civil Lawyer.
John is a graduate and senior instructor at the Trial Lawyers College.
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