Our Firm Recovers Damages for Dog Bites and Animal Attacks in Connecticut
Recovery in Norwalk and Stamford and other Connecticut courts
Dogs are known as humans’ best friends. But when these creatures are abused, traumatized or neglected, they can suddenly become vicious and inflict severe injuries on innocent people. Sometimes they inflict injuries without meaning to cause harm. In Connecticut, you do not need to prove viciousness or negligence to claim damages for an animal attack; you need only prove that a domesticated or exotic pet injured you for the owner to be held liable.
The Pickel Law Firm, LLC’s attorneys have more than 65 years’ combined experience helping victims of animal attacks in Norwalk, Stamford, Fairfield County and Connecticut recover rightful compensation. Our history of results speaks for itself.
Strict liability laws in Connecticut dog bites
Connecticut’s strict liability laws regarding dog bites and other animal attacks mean that you do not have to prove that the pet’s owner was negligent or that the dog had a history of attacking people. However, there are exceptions to this rule and other potential obstacles that could stand between you and the compensation you deserve. To prevail on your claim, our injury lawyers take the following systematic approach:
- Prove that the dog was owned by the defendant
- Identify the defendant’s dog as the one that actually bit you or your child
- Counter defense allegations that you were trespassing, committing a tort, or abusing or teasing the dog in some way
- Assess your total economic and non-economic damages
- Pursue your maximum possible compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, disfigurement, disabilities, psychological damage and other losses
Connecticut’s dangerous-animal statutes
Connecticut laws strictly forbid the possession of potentially dangerous animals without proper permits obtained from the state’s Department of Environmental Protection. Under § 26-40a, these wild animals are subject to seizure and the owners may be in violation of criminal misdemeanor codes. In addition, you have a right to compensation if an exotic pet attacks you.
Protecting your rights in your animal attack case
After a dog attack, seek appropriate medical care for your injuries as soon as possible. Then collect contact information from owners and witnesses, take photographs of the dog and your injuries and make certain the police are notified. It is important that you NOT agree to settle your case with the dog’s owner or homeowner’s insurance company until you have taken the time to speak with a lawyer such as those at The Pickel Law Firm, LLC.
To recover compensation for injuries you sustained in a dog or animal attack, consult with our Connecticut attorneys
To learn more about your rights after a dog attack, call The Pickel Law Firm, LLC at 888.246.5128 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation. Our attorneys handle our personal injury claims on contingency. If your injury prevents you from travelling to our Stamford office, we can visit you in your home or hospital. Hablamos español.