A dog bite is a serious injury that can change your life. It may damage muscles and result in a potentially deadly disease for you, depending on any bacteria you may contract. If you or someone you love suffered a dog bite due to a negligent owner, you may be entitled to compensation.
Call Preszler Injury Lawyers now to learn more at 1-800-JUSTICE. Make sure you have:
- The contact information of the owner
- A description of the dog
- The location and time of the attack
- Contact information of any witnesses
There may be options for pursuing justice for your injuries.
Our dog bite lawyers can meet with you in Thunder Bay for a free initial consultation. Call (416) 364-2000
Determining Liability for Your Dog Bite Injury
Dog behaviour is unpredictable. A dog that appears friendly may suddenly attack for a variety of reasons.
Complications from being bitten by a dog may lead to expensive medical visits, procedures, and medications. One extremely dangerous condition—although rare—is that of rabies.
If you suspect the animal that bit you may have rabies, it is essential to let an animal control officer know. Once they capture the dog, they can test the dog for the disease. Human treatment for the prevention of rabies should begin immediately, as the disease can be fatal.
Dog bites may also lead to further complications if you develop an infection in the wound. According to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, signs of rabies in humans will appear within two to eight weeks of exposure. A person may also contract tetanus after a bite or scratch, which can cause lockjaw and painful muscular contractions if not treated.
A dog bite and the need for medical care may prevent you from returning to your career. Daily tasks that were once easy may now require assistance due to your injuries. At Preszler Injury Lawyers, we take dog bite claims very seriously. We understand the emotional and physical trauma our clients face due to their experience and we want to help.
If you want a legal team to review your case, call us today at 1-800-JUSTICE. We may be able to begin forming your case as soon as you call. We want to begin doing so by gathering evidence such as:
- Statements from witnesses, along with their contact information
- Medical bills
- Documentation of your paid wages and absence from work
These are just a few examples of relevant evidence we can compile for you.
Pursuing damages for your injuries after a potentially traumatic experience like a dog bite can be overwhelming. No one should suffer physically, financially, and emotionally due to a negligent pet owner. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be eligible to receive the following damages to cover:
- Lost wages
- Potential reduced earning capacity
- Current and future medical expenses
- Therapy and similar treatment
- Pain and suffering
- Related out-of-pocket costs
You may be entitled to more damages if you qualify. Pet owners have a duty under the Ontario Dog Owners’ Liability Act to properly control their dog in order to prevent their dog from harming others. When they neglect that duty, they may be held accountable.
See how a dog bite lawyer serving Thunder Bay may be able to help you today by calling 1-800-JUSTICE. The initial consultation is free.
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Children and Dog Bites
A child’s small size makes them especially prone to serious and potentially scarring injuries. Dogs may bite their face or limbs, requiring them to undergo cosmetic surgery.
In addition to possible cosmetic surgery, children may never learn to trust a dog again. Their fear of dogs may follow them throughout their life. The suddenness of the attack, along with the pain of the injury, may result in post-traumatic stress disorder when it comes to future encounters with dogs.
Wrongful Death Due to Being Bitten by a Dog
More extreme cases of dog bites sometimes result in the loss of a loved one. If you lost a loved one due to a devastating dog attack, you may qualify for a wrongful death claim. You may be eligible to receive compensation for funeral expenses and burial costs under Ontario law. Should your case qualify, compensation may help to ease your financial burden. Our team wants to help you recover the compensation to which you may be entitled.
We offer a free initial case consultation for those injured in dog attacks. Call 1-800-JUSTICE to speak to a dog bite lawyer serving Thunder Bay today.
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Let Preszler Injury Lawyers Protect Your Interests
It is very likely that an insurance company may offer you an early settlement for your injuries. While the sum it offers may seem like a lot of money for you and your family, the value may not include all possible damages you suffered.
Insurance companies sometimes delay or even wrongfully deny claims. At Preszler Injury Lawyers, we understand the tactics insurance companies may use to avoid paying or simply underpaying victims of serious dog bites. We may be able to negotiate with the insurance company to recover more compensation than it originally offered.
There are strict guidelines for filing a personal injury claim. The claim must be filed within two years and the clock begins the moment a dog bites you. While 24 months may seem like a long time, it can pass quickly as you focus on healing from your injuries.
Preszler Injury Lawyers wants to help you during this difficult time. Upon review of your case, our team may be able to aid you in pursuing justice for your injuries.
If your case qualifies, you can pursue a dog bite lawsuit—however, this often takes time. This is why it is imperative to reach out for a legal review of your case as soon as possible.
Call Preszler Injury Lawyers today to learn more about your legal options at 1-800-JUSTICE. We handle your case on a contingency basis, which means you owe us nothing unless you recover compensation.