CT Dog Injury Law: Supreme Court holds that landlord may be liable for injury caused by tenant's dog

2012-09-21 | Andrew J. O'Keefe

Category: Animal and Dog Attacks

CT Dog Injury Law: Supreme Court holds that landlord may be liable for injury caused by tenant’s dog

In its September 18, 2012 ruling in PATRICIA GIACALONE v. HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE TOWN OF WALLINGFORD (SC 18669), the Connecticut Supreme Court has now held that a landlord may be held liable, under a common-law theory of premises liability, for injuries sustained by a tenant after being bitten by a dog owned by a fellow tenant and kept on premises owned by the common landlord, when the landlord knew of the dog’s dangerous propensities, but did not have direct care of, or control over, the dog.

The decision clarifies an ambiguity in the law, and makes clear now that landlords must strictly monitor and be adequately insured with regard to tenants’ dogs, if allowed at all.

To view the ruling in its entirety see http://www.jud.ct.gov/external/supapp/Cases/AROcr/CR306/306CR85.pdf




Jackson O’Keefe: Lawyers for Connecticut Dog Bites, Animal Bites and Attacks

Although animal-attack claims most commonly involve dog bites, many other types of domesticated animals, such as ferrets, cats, and even birds, can also bite humans. Even nondomesticated animals, such as large cats ordinarily found in the wild, but owned by some people as pets have been known to attack children and adults. An owner’s liability for injuries caused by his or her pet, if any, will vary greatly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. A lawyer from Jackson O’Keefe in Hartford, Connecticut, who is experienced in dog bite and personal injury law is an excellent source for accurate advice and information in animal attack cases, including when under certain circumstances, strict liability may apply for injuries caused by animals in Connecticut.

Jackson O’Keefe handles Connecticut dog bites and Connecticut animal attack matters throughout the State of Connecticut, including clients in West Hartford, Farmington, Avon, Simsbury, Old Lyme, Ellington, Tolland, North Haven, Wallingford, Wethersfield, Rocky Hill, Cromwell, Bethlehem, Moodus, East Haddam, Hadlyme, Madison, Middletown, Hartford, Southington, Plantsville, Hartford County, New Haven County, Middlesex County, New London County and Litchfield County.

The attorneys at Jackson O’Keefe, in Hartford, represent men and women throughout Connecticut who have been injured because of someone else’s negligence. Contact the firm for a confidential consultation to discuss your personal injury claim.

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