If you’ve been the victim of a vicious dog bite, we want to be the first to say how sorry we are to hear this is the case and let you know that you may be entitled to financial compensation.
At Weber and Rubano, we’re experts in personal injury law that have been serving the New Haven community for over 60 years.
Choosing the expertise of our skilled New Haven dog bite lawyers is easy. Just request your free, no-obligation case review today.
Let Our New Haven Dog Bite Attorneys Help You
If you were the victim of a vicious dog bite, let us be the first to say how sorry we are to hear this is the case and to let you know that you may be entitled to financial compensation.
At Weber & Rubano, we are experts in personal injury law. Our attorneys have served the New Haven community for over sixty years. Choosing the expertise of our skilled New Haven dog bite lawyers is easy and risk-free.
Retaining a dog bite attorney from Weber & Rubano allows us to build a trial-ready case on your behalf starting with:
Collecting medical records
Assessing your current and future accident-related needs and losses
Filing an insurance claim
Negotiating on your behalf with the insurance company
While dog bite claims typically settle outside of court, Weber & Rubano is unafraid to face large insurance companies in court. It is our goal to obtain full and fair compensation for injured clients so they may focus on healing, not medical bills and other unpaid expenses.
Reach out to Weber & Rubano now to discuss the dog bite claims process in New Haven. Do not delay as Connecticut places strict deadlines on filing personal injury claims and will deny compensation outside of these limits.
What are the Statutes Governing Dog Bites in Connecticut?
Connecticut law is very clear regarding liability in dog bite cases. Conn. Gen. Stat 22-357 states: “If any dog does any damage to either the body or property of any person, the owner or keeper […] shall be liable for the amount of such damage.”
That means that unless an individual was provoking the dog in question, anyone responsible for that animal could be held liable in a court of law for their injuries.
For most dog bite cases, the statute of limitations in Connecticut is two years, starting from the date of the incident or the day the injuries were discovered. Consult our New Haven dog bite lawyers for further guidance and a free consultation.
How to Determine Negligence in New Haven Dog Bite Cases?
Dog bite victims in New Haven don’t actually need to establish the owner or keeper was negligent or knew the dog might bite to file a lawsuit. Dog bite negligence in Connecticut is understood to be fairly strict, according to legal analysis by the Connecticut General Assembly’s Office of Legislative Research. The strict liability rule in this statute enables someone to hold people accountable as long as the victim is not trespassing or instigating the dog.
Additionally, there is legal precedent for bringing a dog bite case under common law, as there have been cases in which a landlord in a multi-family dwelling was found liable for a tenant’s bite-prone dog.
How Much Financial Compensation Could You Be Eligible for in a Dog Bite Case?
Estimating the exact dollar amount of damages you could be eligible for in a dog bite case is tough. Generally, though, dog bite victims in New Haven are eligible to receive financial damages to aid in managing their new lives post-dog bite.
An example of that would be economic damages, which are essentially financial damages that stem from lost wages, medical bills, and diminished future earning potential – mostly items with a direct bottom-line impact. Non-economic damages, on the other hand, are more akin to intangible damages but still affect the individual’s life, such as anxiety, pain, and emotional distress.
Common Injuries in a New Haven Dog Bite Case
Financial damages are directly linked to the severity and extent of the victim’s injuries in a New Haven dog bite case. While most dog bites require little or no medical attention according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), common injuries suffered by wounded victims include:
Although rare, dog bite injuries can kill. In 2020, the National Canine Research Council reported forty-six dog bite-related fatalities. The majority of victims were adults at 60.9%. Children under twelve were at 34.8% and teenagers made up the remaining 4.3%.
What to Do After a Dog Bite in New Haven
The first concern after a dog bite is infection. Dog bites produce an open, jagged wound with the potential for severe infection including hospitalization. Roughly half of the dog bites introduce bacteria into the body, including:
There is a potential for rabies from unvaccinated and feral dogs
The risk of infection is greater for victims with diabetes or who are immunocompromised. For these reasons, the Cleveland Clinic urges victims to take these steps following a dog bite:
Wash the wound using mild soap, and run warm tap water over it for five to ten minutes
Slow the bleeding with a clean cloth
Apply over-the-counter antibiotic cream if on hand
Wrap the wound in a sterile bandage
Keep the wound bandaged and see a doctor within eight hours
Change the bandage several times a day once a doctor has examined the wound and
Watch for signs of infection, including redness, swelling, increased pain, and fever.
A doctor will likely clean the wound again, apply antibiotic ointment, and prescribe antibiotics. A tetanus booster may be recommended for a victim who has not received a shot in the last five years.
Choose Our New Haven Dog Bite Lawyers for Your Case
Our legal experienced New Haven dog bite attorneys at Weber & Rubano will stand by your side to fight for your justice. Rest assured, in your time of need, we never take any compensation in your case unless we get you a successful verdict or settlement. Contact us now for your free, no-obligation case review today.