Danbury Dog Bite Lawyer
A dog attack is a devastating incident physically, psychologically and emotionally. It can also be a burden financially for a victim and his or her family. At the Law Offices of James A. Welcome, we are passionate about representing the rights of dog bite victims in Danbury, Connecticut – especially when the victim is a vulnerable child or senior citizen. Contact us to learn more about your dog bite injury claim at (475) 241-0824.
Skilled and Experienced Dog Bite Injury Attorneys By Your Side
- At the Law Offices of James A. Welcome, we believe in quality over quantity. We only take a limited number of cases at a time so that we can dedicate our full attention to each.
- We have a long track record of success. Our dog bite attorneys are committed to getting clients the results that they deserve for serious injuries, even if that means going to trial.
- Your lawyer will take a personalized approach to your case. Our primary purpose is to help you recover emotionally and financially after a dog bite. We are here for you.
Common Dog Bite Injuries
When a dog attacks, it often doesn’t let go. The strength of the dog’s jaw, its long incisors and sharp claws can inflict severe to catastrophic injuries on a victim. This is especially true of victims who are highly susceptible to injury, such as small children and the elderly. Common injuries seen on victims admitted to emergency departments after dog attacks include:
- Cuts and lacerations
- Puncture wounds
- Injuries to the head and face
- Eye injuries
- Nerve damage
- Tissue damage
- Crush injuries
- Broken bones
- Avulsion, or the tearing away of skin
- Permanent scarring or disfigurement
- Infections or rabies
The medical costs alone for a dog attack can reach into the thousands of dollars in a serious case. In addition, a victim may suffer lost wages, significant pain and suffering, emotional trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, property damage, and many other losses from a dog attack. In the most tragic cases, a dog bite victim may not survive his or her injuries.
Who Pays for a Dog Bite in Connecticut?
According to Connecticut’s dog bite statute (Connecticut Code Section 22-357), the owner of a dog that causes damage to a person or property is liable for this damage. The state uses a strict liability law, where the injured victim does not have to prove negligence to be eligible for compensation from the pet owner.
There is an exception to the rule if the victim was trespassing or committing another tort at the time of the dog bite injury, or if the victim was teasing, tormenting or abusing the dog. If the owner of the dog that bit you is trying to allege your contributory fault, contact a lawyer right away for legal assistance, as this could diminish your financial recovery or bar you from compensation entirely.
What to Do After a Dog Attack in Danbury
If you get bitten by a dog, exchange information with the owner of the pet. Get immediate medical care for your injuries, as dog bites are prone to bacterial infections and diseases. Document the incident as much as you can, such as by writing down a description of what happened and taking photographs of your injuries. Report the dog bite to the Animal Control Unit in Connecticut. Then, contact a dog bite lawyer for a review of your legal options.
Contact a Danbury Dog Bite Lawyer for Free Today
You don’t have to take on a dog bite injury claim in Danbury alone. The attorneys at the Law Offices of James A. Welcome have been representing victims injured in these traumatic incidents for many years. We know exactly what you need to get through this difficult time as a victim. We also understand how to bring the strongest possible injury or wrongful death claim against a pet owner in Connecticut for serious dog attacks. For more information about a case, send us a message online or call (203) 753-7300 to speak to an attorney at no cost or obligation.