Although most dogs we meet and interact with are friendly and have responsible owners, there always remains the possibility of you or a loved one suffering a bite. While the majority of owners are responsible and take steps to ensure their dog does not cause undue harm to an innocent person, the risk of personal injury as a result of a dog bite is always present. Children are typically the victims of dog bites compared to adults, with children aged five to nine suffering the most bites. Although in most cases the victim owns or knows the owner of the animal responsible for the bite, there is always the risk of being attacked by a stray or unknown dog. In almost thirty percent of cases of dog bites, the victim had no prior interaction with the dog at all.
If you've been bitten by a dog, it is important to first seek medical attention. Animal bites have serious potential to cause infection, injury or even death if the dog is carrying any types of diseases. In addition to the physical injury, there is the potential that there may be long-term psychological impacts. It is important that you address all of these issues with your doctor to ensure a full recovery.
In Ontario, as a victim of a dog attack, you are protected by the Dog Owner's Liability Act. If an owner is in violation of the Act, you can take the necessary steps to make certain you are fully compensated.
Consulting a personal injury lawyer in these cases is your best means of ensuring your personal claims are warranted, and you receive the compensation you deserve. Cases such as this typically involve insurance companies and the guidance of an effective personal injury lawyer can be invaluable in a successful resolution.
If you've been injured in a dog attack, take the necessary steps to protect you and your family's future. Consult a personal injury lawyer from the offices of Himelfarb Proszanski. Their experience and expertise will ensure you get the compensation you and your family deserve.