Dog Bite Lawyers Brantford

Dog Bite Lawyers in Brantford

Dog bites can be life-threatening and could result in serious injuries or even fatalities. If you or someone you love to have been bitten by a dog, you may be entitled to compensation. For decades Findlay Personal Injury Lawyers has been dedicated to helping victims of dog bites pursue the justice they deserve. Contact our experienced dog bite lawyers to help start your claim.   

Dog Bite Liability

In 1990 the Dog Owners Liability Act was introduced in Ontario to protect the residents of Brantford, Ontario who were injured due to dog bites. This law holds the dog's owner accountable and liable for all the damage the dog bites or attacks cause another person.  

Keeping in mind, that if the accident happens on the owner's property and the victim of the dog bite intended to commit a crime or illegal activity, the dog owners are not liable.   

 A court proceeding may be commenced against the dog's owner if:  

  • The owner did not take proper precautions to prevent the dog from biting or attacking.  
  • The dog behaviour causes safety concerns towards people or other domestic animals.  
  • The dog has bitten and or attacked another domestic animal  

 The court will take into consideration the past dogs behaviour and its temperament. The injuries incurred by the attack and the circumstances of the incident justify the dogs' actions, precautions taken by the dog's owner to prevent attacks in the future, and any other circumstances that the court deems relevant.   

 Some ways the court will suggest for effectively controlling the dog:  

  • The dog is to stay on the owner's property  
  • Dog must be leashed   
  • The dog must be muzzled  
  • Posting warning signs on the property  

I've been bit by a dog, what should I do?   

If you or someone you know has been bit by a dog, it's imperative to take the proper steps to ensure the dog owner is held accountable and ensure your injuries are healing. Like any animal bites, they can become infected, so it's critical to see a medical professional right away.   

 Things you need to obtain before seeing a lawyer:  

  • Dog owners contact information   
  • Photographs  
  • Medical notes   
  • Receipts ( taxis, medical expenses etc)   
  • Dogs vaccine records   

Dog Bites and Children:   

Dog bites can cause serious physical injury, but the emotional and psychological effects can linger long past the accident. Dog bites are a traumatic event for all ages of people, however more severe for children. This is because children are small and vulnerable and pick up on emotions and notice how upset their parents/guardians are when talking about the accident, which leads them to remain silent about their feelings regarding the accident. This teaches children to hide their emotions and leads to high levels of anxiety and PTSD.   

These emotional effects interfere with normal development, and adults need to be aware of children's signs of emotional distress. The signs include:  

  • Crying  
  • Nightmares   
  • Anger  
  • Withdrawn behaviour   
  • Separation anxiety towards parents  

 If you or someone you know has suffered from a dog bite, contact the team at Findlay Personal Injury Lawyers to ensure you receive compensation. Dog bites can be a very traumatic experience for many, and victims shouldn't have to suffer in silence. Our team has hands-on experience and will review your case with you.   

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Brantford, Ontario N3R 3V6
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