Do I Have A Dog Bite Incident Claim?
Did you know that in Ontario, there is a strict liability rule when it comes to dog bite incidents? According to The Dog Owners Liability Act, the owner and/or harbourer of a dog is liable for damages resulting from a bite and/or attack by their dog on another person or domestic animal. Ultimately, a dog owner, or a harbourer, doesn’t need to have been careless or negligent to be deemed liable.
If you’re the victim of a dog bite, or have been attacked or injured by someone’s dog, seek medical attention right away. Animal bites and scratches can be quite infectious. Additionally, you should obtain the dog owner’s contact information, report your injury to the police, and request a copy of the report. If possible, take photographs of the incident location and your physical injuries too. Preserving any clothing damaged by the dog can be beneficial too.
Dog Bite Incident FAQs
Why Do Dogs Bite?
Firstly, why do dogs bite? Whether they’re being playful or whether it’s a frenzied attack, it’s important to establish the reasons why you might have suffered a dog bite accident. In most cases, a dog bite occurs when a dog feels that their territory has been threatened or breached. Often, some dogs experience the desire to defend or protect their puppies, a toy or their food. Similarly, a dog may bite if it feels startled or scared by either a noise or particular movement. To a lesser extent, a dog bite can also occur when a particular dog feels ill or injured.
What To Do If A Dog Bites You?
It’s important to know what to do if a dog bites you. This includes your actions at the scene of the dog bite as well as treating the bite itself thereafter. In the immediate aftermath of a dog bite, you’ll likely feel startled and overwhelmed by the experience. First of all, you should seek immediate medical attention. This includes getting your wound washed for around 5 to 10 minutes. You should then use a clean cloth to stem the bleeding. After that, you should get your dog bite wound wrapped in a sterile bandage until you have a chance to visit your local doctor. Your doctor will advise you on what else you should do to treat your dog bite wound, as well as warning you about the signs of infection. These can include redness, swelling, and increased pain.
It’s difficult to take care of everything at once but don’t forget to identify the dog owner, take pictures, and record as many details as you can. Doing this right after your accident will mean a more accurate recollection of events. If you were out and about with a family member or friend, perhaps they can take the dog owners’ details while you seek medical attention. When dogs bite, owners may choose to flee the scene or become confrontational. Remember, dog owner liability in Ontario is referred to as “strict liability”. This means owners are nearly always held liable for attacks, regardless of whether the dog has a history of biting or not. When all the above steps are completed, speak to a dog bite lawyer.
How Long Does A Dog Bite Lawsuit Take?
Are you wondering how long does a dog bite lawsuit take? To sum up, every dog bite case is unique. Firstly, the timeframe will depend on whether you settle with the dog owner’s insurance company. Alternatively, you could go to trial. If so, a judge will have to determine whether you provoked a dog, whether an owner took action to prevent the attack, and whether the dog was fitted with a muzzle or was on a leash.
Therefore, it’s difficult to provide a realistic timeframe for your case right off the bat. Working with an experienced dog bite lawyer is your best route forward.
How To Tell If A Dog Bite Is Serious?
Wondering how to tell if a dog bite is serious? You’ll usually be able to tell by the visual severity of the wound. Beyond this, you should always look out for redness, pain, swelling and inflammation around the affected area.
Why Should I Hire A Dog Bite Lawyer?
Proving fault, and a dog owners’ negligence, can be tricky. Therefore, it’s recommended that dog bite incident victims seek the guidance of a dog bite lawyer. This way, they can claim for their dog bite injuries.
Why Choose De Rose Personal Injury Lawyers?
Victims of dog bite attacks may often suffer emotional damage due to the severity of their physical injuries. Rest assured, our expert dog bite injury team at De Rose Lawyers will help you navigate the aftermath of a dog bite incident. We will help you get the compassionate support and full compensation that you deserve, so you can get back to living your life. Contact us today for a no obligation, consultation.
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