Dog Bite and Dog Attack Lawyer Hamilton Ontario
If you or a loved one has been bitten or attacked by a dog in Ontario you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries or losses. There is no doubt that being attacked by a dog in Ontario can cause devastating psychological and physical injuries that can be life-long. Dog bites and Dog attacks are traumatic events that can no doubt have terrible emotional consequences that affect victims for years such as anxiety, depression and PTSD post-traumatic stress disorder.
Being attacked by a dog can also leave lasting scars and disfigurement throughout the face and body. Kids who have been bitten or attacked by a dog may need plastic surgery to properly fix a facial scarring or other disfigurement in the hands, arms and legs. If you have been attacked by a dog the Ontario law firm of Lalande & Company Lawyers have experienced lawyer that are able to hold dog owners accountable when their dogs injure people. Our Ontario dog bite lawyers have handled all types of dog attack cases for the past 15 years.
The steps you take immediately after a dog bite attack can make a significant difference in the outcome of your dog attack case. It is vital that you get proper medical attention – but equally as important to retain an Ontario dog attack lawyer to help guide you through the insurance process to ensure that you receive the compensation that you may be entitled to. To discuss your case with one of our Ontario dog bit lawyers, call us today at 905-333-8888 or 1-833-4-LAWFIRM 24/7. We would be please to talk about your situation at no cost to you. We do not charge fees to talk and if we work together, we do not charge feed unless we win your case.
Ontario Dog Attacks – Psychological Pain and Emotional Suffering
In addition to the severe physical trauma and potentially permanent disfiguring injuries sustained in a dog attack, dog bite victims are often burdened with emotional and psychological trauma. After a dog attack you or your loved one may go through intensive surgical repair, perhaps complications and more surgery, physiotherapy or other rehabilitation processes. Once the pain of a dog bite wears off, it is not uncommon for dog attack victims to begin to notice changes in themselves and they fear will never heal. Everything becomes different for some people – from the way you look at yourself, the way you look at animals and the way you live your life. If scars are visible, the scars and disfigurement may damage self-esteem. Many people develop life-long anxiety at many levels. Violent dog attacks inflicting multiple and/or deep wounds are often always associated with PTSD. People with PTSD often have traumatic memories or nightmares about the event that consistently interferes with their daily lives.
Ontario Dog Attacks – Physical Pain and Disfigurement
Dog bites in kids and adults can create complex problems, scarring and disfigurement. In many cases, dog attacks can lead to major facial injuries with plastic surgery & reconstruction to the nose and lips. Kids are moreso at risk of suffering facial injuries because of their lower height and shorter limbs. Dog attacks can be extremely disfiguring, disabling and terribly painful. Depending on the location of your injuries, major scarring can occur which will need ongoing medical treatments such as skin grafts, dermabrasion surgery, laser surgery and the life long use of scarring creams and specific sun block.
Extremely serious dog attacks can also cause nerve damage which can cause temporary loss in mobility to permanent paralysis.
In some cases, dog attacks have unfortunately led to traumatic amputation surgery and regrettably, fatal injuries.
Dog Bites and Dog Attacks on Children in Ontario
Unfortunately in Ontario dog attacks on kids are not uncommon. The effects of such dog bites can be devastating for the kids and their families. Typically, dog bites in kids often require admission for inpatient care. Statistics in Ontario have shown that dog bites in kids occur most frequently in those younger than 5 years old and involve the child’s head and neck – with most dog attacks happening by bigger dogs that are familiar to the child are usually the dogs involved. In a recent major American study, pediatric patient demographics, dog characteristics, and hospital patient data were collected and analyzed over a three year period at a major trauma center. The study showed that:
- The average age of the kids attacked by dogs were 4.2 to 6.2 years old;
- The average weight of the injured children was 13 to 23 KG;
- More than half the attacks occurred in the afternoon;
- 55 per cent of these attacks were documented as “unprovoked” attacks;
- 46% of these dog attacks on kids involved family pets;
- Injuries to the face, head, and neck area were most common (82%) among younger children;
- injuries to the hands and arms were the most common among teenagers;
- All patients 5 years old suffered head and neck injuries.
- Large dogs were responsible for 88 per cent of the dog attacks on kids;
- Pit bulls were responsible for 25% of pediatric injuries;
- 66% of the kids required surgery – included surgeries such as skin grafts, craniotomy, exploration of the neck or abdomen, ocular procedures, and repair of fractures.
- Over 80% of the kids had multiple body parts hurt;
- Most surgeries on the kids involved the head and neck, then the arms and hands were predominantly the body parts injured;
- The children under 5 years of age suffered the most devastating injuries;
- More than half of these attacks were not provoked;
- Most dog attacks happened in the summer;
- The most common breeds in the study involving injuries to children were Pitbulls, Rottweilers and the German Sheppard.
Did you know
- The relationship between dogs and man began at least 12,000 years ago? Before this, the dog was a former wild animal. Even 12,000 years later, dogs retain their instincts, including behaviours that may lead to attacks on humans.
- That it has been estimated that the risk of being bitten by a domestic animal during a lifetime is about 50%, of which dog bites account for 80–90% and that in the U.S. over 300,000 dog bite victims are treated annually in emergency departments across the country?
- That in a study completed in 2013 showed that the German Shepherd was by far that dog breed that attacked humans the most, followed by the Rottweiler, then the Bulldog, then the Pitbull.
Ontario Dog Attack Laws
Under Ontario law, dog owners or those that harbor dogs are strictly liable when their pet bites or attacks someone and causes injury. This means that the victim is automatically entitled to compensation, even if the animal had never bitten or acted viciously before.
Dog Attack Compensation in Ontario
In Ontario, if you have been hurt or you are entitled to claim non-economic and economic damages. You are entitled to claim damages for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, past loss of income, future loss of income, health care related costs outside of OHIP, future therapy, medication, surgical rehabilitation costs and the loss of the ability to take care of your home.
In the case of fatal injuries – it is highly recommended that you contact our Ontario dog attack lawyers to discuss your individual situation. What can be claimed in a fatality is highly individual to the age and particular situation of the deceased person and their family.
Dog Bite Lawyer Ontario
Severe dog bites in adults and in children mostly under than 5 years old. Most injuries involve the head and neck. Large dogs that are familiar to the victim are usually involved in the attack. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a dog attack contact our Ontario dog bite lawyers who can help guide you through the process. An experienced Ontario dog bite lawyer can help you through your situation and can help you get the recovery that you and your family deserve through settlement negotiations or in court.
Feel free to contact us 24/7 by calling 1-833-4-LAWFIRM or 905-333-8888. Alternatively, you can fill in a contact form or chat with our live operator 24/7 to set up a call with our offices. We serve claimants Province-wide and represent dog attack victims all over Ontario.