Representing Victims of Animal Attacks
The United States is a dog-loving nation. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, over 43 million American households own a dog. Most dog owners consider their canine companions members of their family. It is important to remember, however, that dogs are still animals. In Connecticut, the law makes dog owners responsible for their animals’ actions. This means people with dogs must adhere to state leash laws and dog bite legislation. Owners of dangerous breeds must ensure that their animals are secured and under control. When dog owners fail to look after their animals, the law holds them accountable.
At Nugent & Bryant, we understand that many dog bite victims are reluctant to file a lawsuit after an attack has occurred. In many cases, the victim and the dog owner are friends or family. We are dog lovers ourselves but we are also personal injury litigators who have represented victims of animal attacks. We have seen firsthand the severity of dog bite injuries. Victims can be left scarred both physically and emotionally. Young children who are bit typically deal with lifelong phobias and emotional trauma.
If you, your relative or your child has been the victim of a dog attack, you deserve to be reimbursed for your injuries.
The Financial and Emotional Consequences of Dog Bites
Dog bite injuries can be just as tragic and debilitating as any other type of trauma. At Nugent & Bryant, we have represented individuals facing a number of dog bite injuries, including:
- Nerve damage
- Muscle damage
- Skin grafts
- Cosmetic surgery
- Emotional distress
In the most heart wrenching cases, dog bite attacks are deadly. Young children are especially vulnerable to fatal bites. At Nugent & Bryant, we work tirelessly toward the goal of obtaining full compensation for our clients’ injuries. In many cases, victims and their families are hit with substantial medical bills, therapy costs and counseling expenses. If you have been injured by a dog, you should not have to pay these costs. We help hold dog owners responsible for their animals and the injuries they inflict.
Fighting for Dog Bite Victims
In a majority of dog bite cases, the dog owner’s insurance company takes over the defense of the case. Shortly after an injury occurs, the insurer arrives on the scene to conduct an investigation. Many of these companies use unfair pressure tactics in an effort to persuade victims and their families to settle their claim before a lawsuit is filed. They offer far less than the claim is actually worth. The dog owner’s insurer might try to make you feel guilty for considering a lawsuit. Many times, representatives imply that you dislike dogs or wish to see the animal destroyed out of spite. They might suggest that you provoked the attack. This is why it is important to seek skilled legal representation as soon as you are hurt. At Nugent & Bryant, we know how to deal with insurance companies and their representatives. We handle these negotiations so you can rest and recover from your injuries.
To learn more about our firm and to schedule a free consultation, call us today at (203) 795-1111.