Mississauga Dog Bite Lawyer
Although dogs can provide their owners with loyalty and companionship, they could pose significant dangers to other people. Even dogs who are usually well-behaved and docile can suddenly attack people without warning. And when dogs bite, the long-term consequences can be both physical and psychological.
Nearly half of all dog attacks in Canada involve wounds to the victim’s face, which might require injured parties to undergo complicated reconstructive surgeries. A dog owner’s friend, family member, or neighbour could be permanently disfigured because of their pet’s aggressive behaviour – so could a perfect stranger.
Many people injured by someone else’s dog are passersby who encounter the animal while walking through their neighbourhood. Regular victims of dog attacks also include delivery agents and mail carriers. In fact, on average, 500 Canada Post employees are bitten by dogs each year.
In addition to sustaining physical injuries– including life-threatening diseases like rabies– victims of dog attacks often experience serious psychological disorders and mental health issues as a result of their traumatizing encounter with someone else’s pet. The resulting psychological disorders could impact a dog attack victim’s ability to perform the duties of their job, leading to financial distress. Oftentimes, dog attack victims require intensive, regular psychological and/or psychiatric treatment to address their newly developed mental health issues, resulting in further financial losses.
Some of the psychological injuries often sustained by the victims of dog attacks include:
- Low self-esteem due to physical scarring/disfigurement
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Sleep disorders
- Permanent phobias
- And more
In the aftermath of a violent, injury-causing dog attack, it can be difficult for victims to identify who is responsible. Assigning blame to a person for the actions of an animal might seem counterintuitive to some. However, in accordance with the province’s Dog Owners’ Liability Act, the people who own pets are required to fulfill a duty of care to the people who come into contact with their canine. Failing to safeguard someone else’s physical well-being by neglecting to take reasonable precautions to prevent a dog attack could constitute dog owner negligence.
Therefore, if a dog owner failed to uphold their duty of care to another person and an attack ensued in which the victim sustained compensable injuries, the owner of the violent animal might be liable for damages incurred by the person who was harmed. Our Mississauga dog bite lawyers may be able to help injured dog attack victims by filing a civil claim against the negligent pet owner who failed to prevent the injury-causing incident.
To learn how our dog bite lawyers serving Mississauga may be able to help you recover the compensation you deserve, schedule a free initial consultation with Preszler Injury Lawyers.
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Our Mississauga dog bite lawyers offer all prospective clients a free initial consultation. During this cost-free, no-obligation first meeting, you will have the opportunity to receive personalized, case-specific feedback tailored to your individual needs.
To take advantage of your free initial consultation and learn how our dog bite lawyers serving Mississauga might be able to assist you, call 1-800-JUSTICE today.