Lyme, Connecticut, Dog Bite Lawyer

After suffering injuries caused by somebody else’s dog, you may have a claim for compensation from the dog’s owner for expenses or losses you incur as a result. Get help from highly experienced dog bite attorneys to recover the compensation you need to get your life back on track. Contact Holth & Kollman, LLC, for a free initial case evaluation to discuss how we can pursue financial recovery for your medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.

Why Choose Holth & Kollman, LLC, for Help After Suffering a Dog Bite Injury?

A dog bite or attack can be a highly traumatic experience. You deserve to focus on healing while an experienced personal injury lawyer pursues the compensation and justice you deserve. Choosing the right attorney can make a difference in the outcome of your injury claims. Since 1972, Holth & Kollman, LLC, has worked diligently to serve injury victims in the greater Lyme area from our office in New London. Over the decades, clients have turned to us for help during difficult times because:

  • We offer an understanding, compassionate environment for clients. Our team believes in direct, open communication throughout your case to keep you informed on the progress of your claims. We take the time to get to know you and your needs to develop tailored legal strategies to secure your goals.
  • Our injury law firmprovides comprehensive support to address all the legal issues you face after suffering injuries while working to establish a foundation for your future and peace of mind.
  • Our team has decades of experience successfully resolving injury claims, enabling us to help you avoid unnecessary difficulties and obstacles. We will help you through the insurance claims process as we seek the full compensation you need and deserve.
  • We charge no fee until settlement or verdict provides financial recovery. There is no upfront cost to hire the legal counsel you need.

Injuries and Health Complications Caused by Dog Bites

A dog bite or attack can cause various injuries or medical complications. A dog can inflict severe injuries if it manages to knock the person down in an attack. Examples of injuries or health complications that may occur due to a dog bite or attack include:

  • Puncture wounds
  • Lacerations
  • Bruises
  • Broken bones
  • Nerve damage
  • Torn ligaments, tendons, or muscles
  • Severed blood vessels and excessive bleeding
  • Spinal injuries
  • Internal injuries and bleeding
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Facial and neck injuries and permanent scarring
  • Amputation or dismemberment
  • Mental trauma, including PTSD or new phobias
  • Infections from viruses or bacteria in the dog’s saliva

Who Can You Hold Liable for a Dog Bite?

In most cases, a dog owner or keeper will bear liability for injuries and losses that arise from a dog bite or attack. However, other parties may also share liability for dog bite injuries, such as when a dog sitter or walker lets a dog out of their control in public.

Many dog bites and attacks involve a dog known to the injured person, such as a family member’s, friend’s, or neighbor’s dog. As a result, many dog bite victims may decline to pursue an injury claim against someone they know due to concerns about jeopardizing their relationship. However, in many cases, the dog owner’s homeowners’ or renters’ insurance provider will cover the owner’s liability in a dog bite claim. They have this insurance to protect themselves from financial liability. As a result, you can rest assured that any compensation you might recover in your legal claim will come from an insurance company rather than directly out of the pockets of someone you care about.

Connecticut’s Dog Bite Laws

Under Connecticut’s dog bite statute, a dog owner or keeper will bear liability for injuries and property damage their dog inflicts upon another person or their property. Thus, Connecticut’s dog bite statute imposes strict liability upon dog owners for injuries their animal inflicts on other people. This is in contrast with other states that only impose liability when an owner negligently handles their dog or has prior knowledge of their dog’s aggressive or vicious tendencies.

However, strict liability does not apply when a person over seven gets bitten and injured by someone’s dog while trespassing on the dog owner’s property. A dog owner will not bear liability for injuries sustained when their dog attacks someone after they tease, torment, or abuse the dog. Finally, the dog bite statute does not apply to injuries inflicted by a law enforcement canine, as the law presumes that any household member where the canine resides does not qualify as the dog’s owner or keeper.

Compensation Available in Dog Bite Injury Claims

A dog bite claim can provide financial recovery for ongoing or future expenses you sustain due to injuries inflicted by someone else’s animal. Examples of compensation available in injury claims include:

  • Costs of medical treatment and rehabilitation, including ER treatment, surgeries, medications, and physical or occupational therapy
  • Costs of long-term care for temporary or permanent disabilities caused by your injuries
  • Lost income from missed work
  • Lost future earning capacity and job benefits if you are permanently disabled by the dog attack
  • Physical pain and emotional trauma
  • Lost quality of life due to disabilities or permanent scarring and disfigurement

What Should You Do After Someone’s Dog Bites or Attacks You?

After a a dog bite or attack, taking prompt action can help you pursue a subsequent legal claim to obtain financial recovery for your losses. Steps to take after somebody else’s dog attacks you include:

  • Notify the dog’s owner or keeper about the attack and your injuries, and ask them for their contact information.
  • Seek immediate medical attention to get checked for injuries and begin treatment, including medications to prevent infections from viruses the dog might carry.
  • Follow your doctor’s treatment plan and recovery instructions, and be sure to request copies of your medical records.
  • Keep any bills, invoices, or receipts for expenses you incur during your recovery.
  • Gather your pay stubs or income statements if you need to miss time from work while recovering from your injuries or to seek treatment.

Finally, talk to a dog bites lawyer right away to discuss your legal options and the next steps to pursue compensation for your injuries.

How Long Do You Have to File a Dog Bite Lawsuit in Connecticut?

Under Connecticut’s statute of limitations, you typically have two years after a dog bite or attack to file a lawsuit against the dog’s owner. You can best preserve your legal right to compensation by contacting the animal and dog bites attorneys at Holth & Kollman, LLC, as soon as possible to ensure your claims get filed on time. Otherwise, you may miss out on the opportunity to seek compensation if you file a dog bite lawsuit after the expiration of the applicable limitations period.

Contact a Dog Bite Attorney Today

When someone else’s dog bites or attacks you and you suffer injuries as a result, you may have the right to seek financial compensation for your harm. Contact Holth & Kollman, LLC, today for a free consultation with a seasoned Connecticut dog bite lawyer to discuss your legal options for pursuing financial recovery and accountability for your injuries.