A dog bite or attack can be a traumatizing experience that can leave a victim with lasting physical and emotional scars. In Ontario, the victim may be entitled to compensation and can hold the dog’s owner liable for any harm that resulted.
Animal owners have a general obligation to ensure that their dog behaves in a safe way and to use reasonable precautions to prevent it from harming another individual or another animal.
According to the Dog Owner’s Liability Act, a dog owner can be held strictly liable for all damages and injuries caused by his or her dog regardless of whether or not the animal had a history of violence.
The law also allows an owner to be held liable regardless of fault or negligence on their part. A court can, however, reduce damages if the victim’s actions played a role in causing the attack by provoking the animal in some way.
After an attack, it is important that you seek immediate medical care and gather name and contact information from the owner of the dog. The more information you can gather, the better. If you cannot get the owner’s name, you can record the address where the attack accord. It can also be helpful to know the dog’s name and any other details about the attack.
Victims who have suffered a dog bite or any type of attack from a dog are encouraged to contact a reputable dog bite lawyer in Windsor immediately after the accident to find out if they can file a claim to seek compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more.
The team of lawyers at Greg Monforton & Partners has decades of experience helping accident victims throughout Windsor. Do not hesitate to contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.