If you have been attacked or bitten by a dog, the dog’s owner is liable to compensate you for all your injuries. Even if your animal is the victim of a vicious attack, the attacking dog’s owner is responsible for the injuries and costs that ensue. It is important to note that the attacking dog’s owner liability is not dependent on whether or not their dog has had a prior history, considered a dangerous dog, or if the dog was large or small.
Under Ontario’s Dog Owner’s Liability Act, the liability of the owner is not dependent on knowledge of the propensity of the dog. In addition, the dog owner will be liable for the damages caused by their dog, even if there was no fault or negligence on the part of the owner. As such, even if the dog behaved out of character by attacking, the owner will still be liable for the injuries caused by the dog.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog attack, you may able to recover damages in the form of medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other compensation for your personal injury. Your lawsuit may also be a factor to ensure that more appropriate measures are put into place to ensure that that others are not injured in the same fashion.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a dog bite or other animal attack, Contact Pranzitelli Law today for your free consultation with a York Region and Toronto Dog Bite Personal Injury Lawyer.