Under Connecticut law, we have strict liability for dog bites and injuries caused by dogs. What that means is you don’t have to prove as you do in a typical personal injury case that someone else is responsible or someone else was negligent. Strict liability is absolute liability. So if you are the owner or the keeper a dog, you are going to be liable for injuries caused by that dog even if it’s the first time it’s ever happened, even if you have no reason to believe that your dog or the dog would be of this vicious nature. There are two exceptions to the absolute strict liability and those are if you have trespassed or come on to the property of the owner or keeper without permission or authority or if you’re teased, tormented or harassed the dog then the law is going to say that the rule on strict liability does not apply.
This informational blog post was brought to you by Marc N. Needelman, an experienced Hartford, Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyer.