If you’ve been seriously injured by a dog in Ontario, we are here to help.
In Ontario, the law is clear that a dog owner is liable for damages resulting from a dog bite or attack. Dog bites can cause serious injuries that include scarring, disfigurement, abrasions, sprains and strains, nerve damage, lacerations, puncture wounds, lost digits, tissue loss, cuts and gashes, infections such as rabies, emotional distress, social embarrassment from scarring, fractured bones, crush injuries, and psychological trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Working with a Hamilton dog bite lawyer from Lalande Personal Injury Lawyers can enable you to recover fair and full compensation for all of the damages you suffered due to a dog’s unwarranted aggression.
Every dog is capable of inflicting serious injury—especially on children. Most dogs will never bite anyone. However, when a dog does act aggressively, it is most commonly caused by domination aggression, territorial aggression, protection of valuables, fear aggression, maternal aggression, redirected aggression, and pain-induced aggression.
If you are the victim of a dog bite that left you with serious injuries, the dog owner can be held responsible for such things as medical bills (cosmetic, physio and psychological services), lost wages, and pain and suffering. The law in Ontario is one of strict liability. This means that the animal’s owner (a term that includes a person who possesses or harbours the dog) is liable for damages from a bite or attack made by the dog on another person or domestic animal. If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog bite or dog attack, we can help. Our Hamilton dog attack lawyers have the knowledge and experience required to help you pursue the compensation you deserve.
Our skilled dog bite lawyers pursue a settlement on your behalf that addresses your current and existing losses, as well as any losses that may occur in the future, including cosmetic surgery to repair scars or disfigurement. If a settlement cannot be reached in your dog attack case, we will advocate for you in court to pursue a judgment in your favor.
In Ontario, the Dog Owners’ Liability Act is the law that governs who will be responsible when a dog bites someone. Ontario places strict liability on the owners of dogs that attack other people or animals. The owner of a dog will be found “strictly liable” for the injuries caused by his or her dog on others. The law does not permit for a dog owner to dispute who was at fault or whether the dog had a tendency to bite. In the end, the dog owner is automatically financially responsible for covering your damages. In other words, under Ontario dog bite law, a dog that bites is the absolute responsibility of its owner. This concept is called strict liability under dog bite law in Ontario.
An property owner can also be responsible for a dog bite or dog attack in Ontario under a law called the Occupiers’ Liability Act. The Act mandates that anyone that owns or occupies a premise in Ontario needs to reasonably protect their visitors from foreseeable harm. Anyone that owns or occupies a premise in Ontario, whether a farm, a residential home or a any type of establishment – owes a duty of care to ensure that anyone that steps foot on their property is safeguarded against danger and defects on the property, including vicious dogs with a propensity to bite and attack.
If you have been bitten by a dog you may be entitled to compensation. You may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of amenities, loss of past income, lost future income, out-of-pocket expenses, health care expenses for psychological treatment, plastic surgery and physical rehab and the loss of ability to take care of your home, both indoor and out. It is important to note that each dog bite case is decided on it’s own facts. The calculation of compensation is decided on a case by case basis, depending on the severity of the physical and psychological damaged that the victim suffered. Many of our past victims of dog bite attacks have suffered injuries such as:
Dog owner and Occupiers’ Liability Legislation can be confusing. If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog it is important for you to speak with a Hamilton Lawyer who specializes in dog bites and dog bite attacks. Hold the animal’s owner accountable for the losses and damages you’ve suffered due to his or her canine. Discuss your case with a Hamilton dog bite lawyer from Lalande Personal Injury Lawyers today. Just call 905-333-8888 or complete the contact form on this page to arrange a time for free consultation.
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