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A dog bite or attack is a traumatic and terrifying event that usually results in serious scarring and injury. It is estimated that the majority of dog bite victims are children under 12 years of age, most of which are bitten on the face.
Proper identification of the owner or keeper of the dog is crucial in every case! In the event you or a family member is injured by a dog, call the police or animal control department immediately! A report will be prepared which will likely identify the person responsible for the injuries caused by the dog.
Recovery is also possible in cases where a dog's action causes a fall or if an injury occurred while running away from or protecting oneself from a dog attack.
Attorneys Fortuna and Cartelli have successfully pursued compensation for extensive scarring cases both through insurance company settlement and court trials. Expert testimony from a plastic surgeon regarding scar revision surgery and nerve damage caused by scaring is an important part of many scarring cases.
Victims of dog bites often suffer more than just the physical harm caused by the dog. Emotional damage is also a factor when dogs attack, and the compensation you get should reflect this.
In Connecticut a dog owner is held strictly liable for any damage or injury caused by the dog or provided in CGS 22-357. In most cases a dog owner's homeowners insurance company will pay for damage and injuries caused by a homeowner's dog.
If attacked by a dog:
Seek medical attention.
Report the dog bite or attack to the proper authorities.
Photograph the wounded area.
Write down names and contact info for any witnesses
Contact an attorney at Fortuna & Cartelli, P.C
If you have questions regarding your legal rights, please contact us.