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The following summaries are intended to provide quick summaries of some aspects of recent CT legal developments on accident and insurance issues.  Most of these matters were not handled by Jackson O'Keefe, LLP.  The summaries are provided as a news summary only.  The summaries are not comprehensive, and readers are referred to the primary sources for full details.  These summaries are not legal advice.  You should consult with an attorney with regard to your situation.

Category: Animal and Dog Attacks

INJURY LAW - Superior Court judge awards $76,000.00 for pit bull attack injuries

2016-03-11 | Philip R. Dunn, Jr.
prdunn@jacksonokeefe.com

A construction worker at a condominium complex was attacked by a pit bull.  The dog bit him and knocked him backward onto the ground, causing injuries to his right shoulder, neck and back.  An MRI revealed a torn rotator cuff of the right shoulder.  Although surgery was recommended, the plaintiff did ...

CT Injury Law: Teen Tries to Collect $137,000 Dog Bite

2012-08-14 | Matthew J. O'Keefe
mjokeefe@jacksonokeefe.com

CT Injury Law: Teen Tries to Collect $137,000 Dog Bite Linda Senquiz, PPA of Stefini Senquiz v. Daniel Thomas et al: A 13 year old girl who was badly injured by a pit bull has been awarded more than $137,000 for her injuries but now must fight to recover any of the money from the defaulting defendants. ...

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
ajokeefe@jacksonokeefe.com

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 c ...

November 11, 2013 Wilton, Connecticut pit bull attack

2013-11-13 | Joseph M. Busher
jmbusher@jacksonokeefe.com

A pit bull viciously attacked its owner, causing her to lose her arm on November 11, 2013 in Wilton, CT. The dog was shot by first responders. The owner was under a car in the driveway to avoid the dog when police arrived. The dog was to be tested for rabies. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that: About ...

January 12, 2014 Mystic, CT dog attack

2014-01-13 | Joseph M. Busher
jmbusher@jacksonokeefe.com

The dog attack occurred on Sunday January 12, 2014 at a Marriott Residence Inn in Mystic, at about 3:00 pm. The dog is described as a large, black pit bull.  The attack occurred in a hallway.  A responding police officer was also attacked, and shot the dog without killing it at that time.  The female ...

Appellate Court holds that governmental immunity bars claim against animal control officer and municipality

2014-07-22 | Peter K. O'Keefe
pkokeefe@jacksonokeefe.com

  The court holds that the enforcement of restrain orders regarding dogs and animal control duties are discretionary and entitled to governmental immunity.  The court further rejects the claim that the plaintiff qualified as an identifiable victim, since there were a wide number of potential victims of the ...

Supreme Court holds that horse owner is subject to ordinary negligence liability

2014-07-22 | Joseph M. Busher
jmbusher@jacksonokeefe.com

Overturning a Superior Court ruling, the Supreme Court holds that the owner of a horse that has not previously displayed mischievous propensities may nonetheless be held liable and must use reasonable care to protect others from the horse.  Two Justices of the Court would have classified horses as inherently mi ...

CONNECTICUT DOG LAW – Superior Court holds landlord not liable for dog attack off landlord’s premises:

2014-09-16 | Peter K. O'Keefe
pkokeefe@jacksonokeefe.com

While a landlord is responsible for dog attacks on the landlord’s property, the court holds that an attack occurring off the property is not the landlord’s responsibility.  Corso v. Napolitan, (August 26, 2014) If you have a possible claim, you will need to review your options timely. For ...

LANDLORD LIABILITY -- Connecticut Appellate Court holds that landlord is not responsible for off-site injuries caused by tenant’s dog

2015-07-29 | Matthew J. O'Keefe
mjokeefe@jacksonokeefe.com

Although the lease in question disallowed tenants from having pets, the landlord was aware that one particular tenant had a mixed breed pit bull in her apartment. The landlord also became aware that the dog attacked another tenant’s visiting granddaughter. Approximately one month later, the dog escaped, ran do ...

CT MUNICIPAL LAW – Governmental immunity bars volunteer’s dog bite claim

2015-10-05 | Peter K. O'Keefe
pkokeefe@jacksonokeefe.com

It was alleged that the plaintiff volunteered at a local dog pound and was bitten when attempting to separate dogs that were fighting.  The plaintiff sued the municipality, alleging that it was the owner and keeper of the dogs. The plaintiff sought to recover under Connecticut’s dog bite statute, C.G.S. & ...


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