Toronto Dog Bite Lawyer
Dog bite victims often suffer serious physical and emotional repercussions. If you have been injured in an animal attack in Ontario, you do not have to suffer in silence. There are legal resources available to you in the fight for justice and fair financial compensation. Toronto dog bite lawyers are here to help.
You may be eligible to pursue money to address medical bills, lost wages, and other losses associated with the injury. Skilled personal injury lawyers have helped numerous dog bite victims in the course of our 50-plus years of service. We understand your concerns and can help to guide you on the road to recovery.
Establishing Liability in Toronto
The Ontario government has established the Dog Owner’s Liability Act to protect public safety and the victims of dog bite attacks. The law stipulates that the owner of a dog is “liable for damages resulting from a bite or attack by the dog on another person or domestic animal.” If the dog in question has more than one owner, they share liability for the attack.
Liability is not contingent upon whether or not the dog’s owner knew the dog was prone to attack or aggression prior to its attack. Further, it does not require that the owner has acted in a negligent manner.
The charges may be reduced, however, if it can be proved that someone’s own actions and negligence contributed to the attack (for example; provoking a dog or trespassing on the dog owner’s property).
The Dog Owner’s Liability Act is beneficial in establishing fault in a dog bite attack claim, but it does not guarantee compensation. A dog bite lawyer in Toronto can talk to their client about holding a dog owner financially responsible for their actions and what to expect in their claim.
Steps to Take After an Attack
Statistics demonstrate the frequency of dog bite attacks in the province. Reports from the Local Medical Officers of Health show that in 2009, more than 5,000 dog bites occurred in Ontario.
Many of these bites and attacks can be attributed to owner negligence and a lack of sufficient training. Regardless of cause, the Dog Owner’s Liability Act asserts the dog owner is the party at fault in a dog bite attack.
If the attack occurred in the GTA, report the dog bite to the Toronto Animal Services by calling 416-338-7297. Once someone has alerted the proper authorities, they should take the steps necessary to protect their right to financial recovery by consulting with a Toronto dog bite lawyer.
Dog bite injuries can lead to severe infections and costly long-term health complications. Some of the potential complications of a dog bite injury can include:
- Fractures from falling
- Sepsis (blood infection)
- Endocarditis (infection of cardiac tissue)
- Meningitis (infection of brain tissue)
- Emotional trauma/posttraumatic stress disorder
- Muscular damage
Dog bites can be lethal. An attack necessitates prompt medical attention. Even a “minor” wound can become severely infected. Toronto Animal Services recommends seeking immediate medical attention in the event of a dog bite injury. Individuals should keep detailed records of their medical care and progression of injuries. This information is critical in a dog bite claim. Toronto dog bite injury lawyers will investigate the details of their attack and medical care to build a claim that addresses the full extent of their injuries.
Toronto dog bite lawyers often see after-effects of psychological harm in their clients. Sometimes dog attacks cause people to be afraid of dogs, which can be inconvenient as many people have dogs. This fear can even cause people to be afraid to walk on the street, as there might be many dogs out there. Physical injuries typically heal, and people can get on with their lives, but the psychological trauma is what typically impacts people the most.
In Toronto, there are two different types of damages available, general damages and special damages. General damages deal with pain and suffering, which everyone attacked and injured by a dog should be able to receive, particularly following any trauma realization. Special damages deal with loss of income, or added expenses as a result of the attack. These are what lawyers call pecuniary claims. If a person does not have any additional expenses as a result of their injuries and/or a person does not work and thus has no loss of income, then a person might not be eligible to receive compensation for special damages.
Contacting a Dog Bite Injury Lawyer
A Toronto dog bite lawyer can talk to you about your options for financial recovery after a serious dog bite attack. Contact a skilled lawyer today to learn more about your rights to fair compensation.