Dog bites can range in severity, especially in cases involving children who may not use caution around animals. In Ontario, dog bite incidents are taken very seriously. In most cases, the dog owner is held responsible for their pet’s behaviour and any damage their animal causes.
If you were recently injured because of a negligent dog owner, you may be able to claim compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and any other damages caused by the animal with the help of a personal injury lawyer. Do not hesitate to reach out to a Collingwood dog bite lawyer for help with obtaining the compensation you deserve.
Collingwood courts apply the Dog Owners Liability Act and strict liability in dog bite cases. This means dog owners are almost always held liable for any damages caused by their animal.
Strict liability means that victims of dog bites do not have to prove that the animal’s owner was negligent or careless in controlling their pet. Even if the dog had never bitten anyone before or shown aggressive tendencies, the owner would still be held responsible.
When the injured person was trespassing on the dog owner’s property or was in the process of committing a crime at the time of the bite, it may be more difficult to receive compensation for their injuries. Also, if the injured person provokes the dog, the owner may argue that damages should be reduced pursuant to principles of contributory negligence.
Victims can suffer significant injuries after being bitten or attacked by a dog. A dog bite does not only leave the victim with cuts and bruises, but it can also cause infections. A dog’s mouth is filled with many different kinds of bacteria. When those bacteria enter a person’s body through an open wound, it can cause serious health complications. In addition to cuts, bruises, and infections, dog bites also tend to leave significant scarring and disfigurement.
When dog bite victims suffer significant injuries and other losses, they can usually claim compensation to recover their economic and non-economic damages. However, it is important to note that the amount of compensation awarded is left to the discretion of the Court.
However, if a judge and jury believe that the injured party is partly responsible for their own injuries, they will likely reduce their compensatory award in proportion to their assigned percentage of liability. If the Court finds that the dog owner’s actions were particularly reprehensible, it may award punitive damages. Fortunately, one of our experienced trial lawyers could help an injured claimant obtain compensation in a successful civil claim.
If you have been the victim of a dog bite, it is important to understand that you may be entitled to compensation. While local courts take these cases very seriously, compensation is not always easy to obtain. A Collingwood dog bite lawyer from our firm could help ensure your rights are upheld and give you the best chance of success with your claim. If you have been bitten or attacked by a dog, call us for the legal assistance you need.