Will Connecticut Teachers be Required to Cover Dog Bite Prevention?

They will be if Connecticut legislators are successful in adding dog bite and animal cruelty prevention to the states curriculum.  Animal control officers, such as Jimmy Gonzales, believe that preventing both dog attacks and animal cruelty are not being taught at home.  In fact, he too often hears children talk about how their parents or relatives punch, kick or otherwise abuse the family dog.

Because of this, and because of the danger of aggressive dogs and the number of dog attacks in the state, Gonzales and Rep. Brenda Kupchick hope to get the message of animal safety out to all of the states children.

Proponents believe that learning about the proper treatment of animals, along with the best ways to prevent a dog attack, will help keep the children and animals of Connecticut safe.  For example, Gonzales says that nearly every child he speaks in to the schools believes that the best thing to do when confronted by an aggressive dog is to run.  However, running is the worst thing a child can do.  Instead, dog safety experts recommend standing as still as possible with hands placed on the chest and chin tucked in, avoiding all eye contact with the dog.

What do you think?  Should the bill pass?  Should children learn animal safety along with reading, writing and arithmetic?

At the personal injury law firm of Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren we have seen the devastating effects that a dog bite or attack can have on a child.  If you or your child have been attacked or bitten please seek medical attention and then do not hesitate to contact an experienced Conn. dog bite lawyer for your free consultation.

Dogs Death in CT: Justified or Worthy of Criminal Charges?

Though the incident in Middlefield occurred months ago, there is still a buzz surrounding the death of a newly adopted German Shepherd named Buddy.  The dog, placed in its new home for only two days, was shot and killed when it bit the owner twice.  According to reports, the owners contacted the rescue group from whom they adopted Buddy, but when the dog was not immediately removed from the home they took matters into their own hands and shot the dog.

Connecticut law is on the side of the owners as by law a dog’s owner may put down a dog if it bites or attacks.  However, many believe that in this instance the owners did make the right choice and should have waited for the dog to be removed.

What do you think?  Should the owners be charged in the death of their dog or were they justified in their actions?

As dog bite attorneys we have seen the full range of dog bites and attacks.  From a dog who bit when repeatedly provoked to a dog who attacked a child at random as they walked down the street.  If you have been bitten or attacked by a dog do not hesitate to contact yourexperienced Conn. personal injury attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren for your free consultation.

When a Dog Bites in Conn. Who is Responsible?

A dog bite or attack is a traumatic event for all involved.  The victim, often a child, is left with physical wounds and mental trauma that can last a lifetime.  As the condition of the victim stabilizes parents and family members are often angry, rightfully so, and want to know who is responsible for the dog that perpetrated the attack.

In Connecticut (CT) the owner is strictly liable for a bite or attack.  The owner has a responsibility to keep their dog under control at all times and to ensure that the animal is not a threat.  Usually, the owners homeowners insurance will cover any compensation awarded to the victim and their family.  However, in cases where the owner is renting or does not have homeowners insurance, who pays for the damages?

In some cases, a landlord can be held responsible.   If the landlord knew or should have known that their tenant had a dog, they can be held liable.

After a dog bite you should certainly seek medical attention.  When you are sure that you or your child is stable and well, please do contact an experienced lawyer who specializes in dog bite cases.  More than likely you deserve compensation for your injuries to help pay for medical bills, time off work and ongoing mental and physical treatments.

For your free consultation please contact an experienced, aggressive attorney at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren.

Middletown, Conn. Child Bit by Dog

For the little girl bit by a dog at her father’s house the scars, both emotionally and physically , are just beginning to heal.  As dog bite attorneys in Connecticut we see all too many children viciously attacked by dogs.  The recovery for the victim can be long and painful.  Aside from physical recuperation and the possibility of multiple surgeries there is the real chance that the child has been damaged emotionally.  An attack from a dog often leaves the child with a lifelong fear of dogs.  A fear that can make everyday activities, such as going to the park, a nightmare for the entire family.

To help prevent such trauma we have been focusing on ways to prevent dog bites and attacks.  Though we strongly believe that the dog owner is responsible for their animals behavior there are ways children and adults can protect themselves from dog attacks.  Listed below are a few tips for dog owners and non-owners alike.  We hope that the information provided here will help you avoid a dog bite or attack.  Please click on the underlined links below to read the full articles.

Preventing Dog Bites- A Dog Owners Guide:  Tips in this article include socializing your pet from a young age, waiting to get a dog until children are older and teaching your dog basic obedience commands.

Dog Bite Prevention– These tips are aimed at helping children and adults avoid a dog bite or attack.  They include: never approaching a strange dog, not teasing or running from a dog and not leaving children alone with a dog.

We hope that the brief tips above and the full library articles listed here will help you better understand the ways that you can prevent dog bites.

If you have been bitten by a dog the owner may be liable for  missed work, medical bills and mental trauma.  Please contact your Conn. personal injury attorney at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren today for your free consultation.

Was the Dog Owner Responsible for a Recent Dog Attack in Connecticut?

Was the Dog Owner Responsible for a Recent Dog Attack in Connecticut?

A recent dog attack in East Rock, Connecticut has many in our state talking about the importance of owner responsibility.  Though in this case the primary target of the attacking dog was another dog, the owner of the dog who was attacked was injured as well.

Many are upset that New Haven Animal Control has not done enough to remedy the situation.  Animal control does not believe that the dogs who attacked are a threat and that this was an isolated event.  However, many neighbors are not pleased with the lack of action.

In Connecticut the statue, or written law, states that the owner or keeper of the dog is fully responsible for all injuries and damages caused by the dog.  Though there are exceptions for those bitten while tormenting or abusing the dog or those injured while trespassing the law is clear: Owners are to be held responsible for their dogs actions.

If you have been bitten by a dog then you may very well have a case against the dog owner.  As an injury victim you have rights.  If you would like to speak with the experienced attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren please contact one of our lawyers for a free consultation.

I was attacked by a dog in CT. Is there anything I can do?

Yes, there is something you can do after being bitten or attacked by a dog.  First and foremost please be seen by a physician.  Even a small bite can cause a dangerous, even deadly infection.
When you have been treated for your injuries you may need the advice and counsel of an experienced dog bite attorney.  If the dog’s owner has insurance an adjustor may be contacting you very soon.  He may pressure you into signing forms that undervalue your injuries, both mental and physical.
Only an attorney with experience in dog bite cases can properly assess your case.  The cost of lost wages and ongoing medical care is often not figured into the insurance agents estimate.
At Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren we have the experience and the record to prove that we understand how to win dog attack cases.  We strive, everyday, to win maximum compensation for our clients.  We treat each client as an individual and pride ourselves on the care and time we take with each case.  Please contact your CT personal injury attorneys at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren today for your free consultation.
With represent clients across Connecticut to include Windham County, Tolland County, New London County, Hartford County and Middlesex County.

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