Ottawa, Ontario Serious Dog Bite and Dog Attack Lawyers
All dogs can bite or attack. As animals, dogs can be unpredictable. Dogs can easily attack and injure anyone they are not unfamiliar with. Dog bites and attacks can cause serious injuries, particularly in children. Dog attacks can cause significant physical, emotional and psychological injuries all of which are injuries that may result in serious compensation for the injured victim.
Our lawyers provide legal advice and representation of persons injured as a result of dog bites and attacks in Ottawa and throughout Ontario. We review all aspects of the case and investigate all physical injuries, emotional injuries and psychological injuries to maximize the amount of compensation awarded at trial or on settlement.
In Ontario, dog bite victims are very well protected. Section 2 of the Dog Owners’ Liability Act of Ontario:
Liability of owner
2. (1) The owner of a dog is liable for damages resulting from a bite or attack by the dog on another person or domestic animal.
“Owner”, when used in relation to a dog, includes a person who possesses or harbours the dog and, where the owner is a minor, the person responsible for the custody of the minor.
Victims of dog attacks and bites can also have their family members seek compensation under the Family Law Act of Ontario. The relevant section of Family Law Act is section 61 which states as follows:
Right of dependants to sue in tort
61. (1) If a person is injured or killed by the fault or neglect of another under circumstances where the person is entitled to recover damages, or would have been entitled if not killed, the spouse, as defined in Part III (Support Obligations), children, grandchildren, parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters of the person are entitled to recover their pecuniary loss resulting from the injury or death from the person from whom the person injured or killed is entitled to recover or would have been entitled if not killed, and to maintain an action for the purpose in a court of competent jurisdiction.
Damages in case of injury
(2) The damages recoverable in a claim under subsection (1) may include:
(a) actual expenses reasonably incurred for the benefit of the person injured or killed;
(b) actual funeral expenses reasonably incurred;
© a reasonable allowance for travel expenses actually incurred in visiting the person during his or her treatment or recovery;
(d) where, as a result of the injury, the claimant provides nursing, housekeeping or other services for the person, a reasonable allowance for loss of income or the value of the services; and
(e) an amount to compensate for the loss of guidance, care and companionship that the claimant might reasonably have expected to receive from the person if the injury or death had not occurred.
Because dog bites can cause serious injuries such as lacerations, emotional trauma, post traumatic stress disorder and permanent scaring, the types of damages that may be claimed can be significant such as pain and suffering, medical expenses, rehabilitation expenses, future care costs, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery costs, loss of income and out of pocket expenses, to name few.
If you or any member of your family has suffered personal injury as a result of dog attack or dog bite, you are protected by Ontario law and are entitled to claim compensation.
Our Ottawa dog bite injury lawyers can help you obtain fair compensation, usually without ever needing to go to Court.
Contact us by calling 613-315-4878 for a free consultation. We accept cases on the basis of no fees charged until we win your case – we only get paid when you get paid.
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