Generally, the law on dog bites offers a unique combination of state statutory law, state case law, and common law. A person can be held liable responsible for their own negligence, intentional conduct, and reckless or outrageous behavior that leads to a dog bite; for keeping a dog that previously bit a person or exhibited a tendency to someday bite a person (called “common law strict liability”); and for violating a public health and safety law, such as a leash law or dog trespass law. In Connecticut, a dog owner will be held strictly liable upon the ground that he is the owner of the dog that inflicted the bite, and without regard to whether he was negligent. Other ways that dog owners and possessors of the dog can be held liable are: negligent entrustment, premises liability, protection against further harm, and failure to vaccinate.
If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, it is important to document the incident, get medical attention, and consult a personal injury attorney that is experienced with dog bite cases. Call The Upton Law firm today or fill out our free case evaluation form to schedule a consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys. Know your rights!