In some instances, a dog is a man’s best friend. On the other hand, there are hundreds of thousands of children and adults that are seriously injured as a result of dog bites or other animal attacks each year in Ontario. The governing legislation in Ontario is the Dog’s Owner’s Liability Act which places strict liability on dog owners who are completely responsible for any injury caused by their dog. In other words, it is not necessary to prove that the owner of the dog was negligent. Unfortunately, not all dog owners take the responsibility seriously enough.
If you have been injured by an animal, you should immediately visit a hospital to ensure you have not contracted any disease. You should also report the attack to the appropriate Municipality’s Animal Control Services Branch as the dog may have a history of attacks or disease which should be documented by Animal Control. It is important to identify the persons responsible and confirm the availability of insurance coverage to pay your claim such as a homeowner’s policy of insurance of the dog owner.
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Virk Personal Injury Law recognizes the traumatic nature of dog attacks and the resulting serious physical and psychological injuries. Victims may be left both physically and emotionally scarred. You may be entitled to compensation for pain, physical and emotional suffering, income loss, home maintenance assistance, medical treatment and rehabilitation and out of pocket expenses depending on how your injury affects your life.
There are time limitations that must be met in order to advance your claim. To ensure that your rights are protected, it is imperative that you speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer. Virk Personal Injury Law will invest whatever time it takes to learn about your traumatic event and how you have been affected. We will then carefully explain in simple terms your rights and the different options available to obtain compensation.