Dog Bite Lawyers Hamilton

Dog Bite Lawyers in Hamilton

In Hamilton, Ontario, thousands of people are bitten by dogs yearly. When a dog bite occurs, it doesn't just bring problems to the victim but also the owner. Our team of professional dog bite lawyers here at Findlay Personal Injury Lawyers can help you recover potential compensation.   

Dog Bite Liability  

In 1990 the Dog Owners Liability Act was introduced in Ontario to protect the residents of Hamilton, 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 can 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 owner(s) is not liable.   

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

  • Proper precautions weren't taken 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 attacked another domestic animal.  

The court will take into consideration the dog's past behaviour and temperament, along with the injuries incurred by the attack along with the circumstances of the incident, to justify the dogs' actions along with precautions taken by the dog's owner to prevent attacks in the future and any other events 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  
  • The dog must be leashed   
  • The dog must be muzzled  
  • Posting warning signs on the property  

To Seek Medical Attention or Not

If a dog has bitten you or someone you know, it's imperative to take the proper steps to ensure that the dog owner is held accountable and healing your injuries. Like any animal bites, they can become infected so it is 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. Getting bitten by a dog bite can be a traumatic event for all ages of people but 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 unknowingly to the parent teaches the child to hide their emotions, leading 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 see if you are entitled to ensure you receive compensation. Dog bites can be a very traumatic experience for many, and victims should not have to suffer in silence. Our team has hands-on experience and will review your case with you.   

20 Hughson Street South # 510
Hamilton, Ontario L8N 2A1
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