Dog Bites & Personal Injury in Ontario| Who is Liable?

As the saying goes, dogs are a man’s best friend. This is hard to deny. Dogs are inarguably loyal, protective, lovable and cute, but it only takes a second for a dog’s primal instincts to kick in and suddenly attack. Personal injury from a dog bite can be serious. Injuries can involve damage to the soft tissue, nerves, as well as muscle tears, which can sometimes lead to long-term and even permanent damage. Victims of dog bites are also exposed to risk of infection. Also, any permanent scarring or disfigurement on a victim’s body is likely to be a constant reminder of the attack. At Miskin Law, our lawyers have over 35 years of experience helping victims of dog bite incidents claim compensation for their physical injuries and emotional suffering.

Dog Bites | A Dog Owner’s Responsibility

When a dog bites and causes personal injury to someone, the dog’s owner or owners are held financially and legally responsible for any injury or property damage their dog has caused to the victim of the attack. If you have been bitten by a dog, Miskin Law can help you with your claim. The first thing we want to ensure is that you receive medical treatment immediately, as the extent of your physical injury may not be apparent at first. The sooner treatment is sought, the better your chance of healing properly. In some cases people experience degrees of emotional trauma from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to their dog bite attack, which can lead to a fear of dogs for the rest of their lives. In order to produce the necessary evidence required to build a solid case, our personal injury lawyers will work closely with your medical team to observe your treatment and recovery to conclude if any psychological concerns are present as a result of the incident.

The Claim Process

To open a claim for compensation, our personal injury lawyers will first establish the ownership of the dog or animal involved in the attack. Usually, compensation can be claimed from either the owner of the dog or its insurer. Next, we will need to prove that the dog owner is liable. In simple terms, we must prove the dog owner knew their dog was dangerous, or should have known their dog was dangerous. Other factors we must prepare for which are commonly brought up by the defence in such cases include trespassing, provocation, and irresponsible supervision of a child. The amount of damages is assessed by the court, or by legal research from the personal injury lawyer (in terms of settlement) prior to trial or court.

If you have been injured, bitten or attacked by a dog in Ontario, Miskin Law can help you claim your damages. Contact us for your first free consultation today.

Please note that pit bulls are banned in the province of Ontario. It is against the law to bring or own a pit bull in Ontario, except for dog shows and flyball tournaments.

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