Strict Liability

In a previous posting, I discussed the definition of a “tort,” and talked about the three types of torts. I also answered the questions “what is an intentional tort,” and “what is an unintentional tort.” If you missed it, you can find those posts here:

To recap, the three categories of torts are (1) intentional torts, (2) unintentional torts, and (3) strict liability cases. An “strict liability case” is somewhere in between intentional torts and unintentional torts. In strict liability cases, the mere fact that you did something is enough to make you liable for it, regardless of whether or not you meant to.

The most common example of a strict liability case is a dog bite. In Connecticut (and in many other places), a person is strictly liable if his dog bites someone pursuant to Section 22-357 of the Connecticut General Statutes (Conn. Gen. Stat. § 22-357). If anyone is interested, I wrote a little bit about this in my Christmas Blog, which can be found here:

Strict liability cases are relatively few and far between. This is because the law does not like to make it so there is no defense for an action. In a strict liability case, the actor is liable for his actions no matter his reasons behind them.

As always, the information provided here is intended only to provide an overview of the law of strict liability. It does not replace the advice of competent legal counsel. If you believe you may have a case for an unintentional tort, you should call an attorney in your area.

Life’s not always fair, but it may be fairer than you think it is. If you’re in a bind, the Law Office of Christopher J. Mutchler may be able to help.

Copyright Christopher Mutchler – Wethersfield, CT – 2018

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