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PREMISES LIABILITY: Dog bite and a defendant’s failure to appear ends in judgment for plaintiff

The plaintiff was hired to clean the defendant’s home. When she was cleaning, she was attacked and bitten by a dog, resulting in various injuries. She brought suit against the owner under a theory of strict liability. The court entered judgment for the plaintiff.

The defendant failed to appear for trial, and the court proceeded to hear the case as a hearing in damages. The trial court found that the attack resulted in plaintiff’s facial scarring and fear of dogs. As a result the plaintiff was awarded $159,356.99, plus costs.

Stal v. Kielbasa, Superior Court, judicial district of New Britain, Docket No. CV-18-6043034 (January 22, 2020)