Niagara Falls Dog Bite Lawyers

Dog Bite Lawyers in Niagara Falls

Being bit by a dog is a very traumatic experience, dogs have been a part of people's lives for centuries. However, dogs can attack and bite people without warning and lead to severe physical injuries and mental trauma such as PTSD and anxiety. If you or someone you love has suffered a dog bite or attack, you could be entitled to compensation. Please speak to our dog bite professional Lawyers at Findlay Personal Injury Lawyers to get started on your case.   

Dog Bite Liability

 In 1990 the Dog Owners Liability Act was introduced in Ontario to protect the residents of Niagara, 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.  

Keep in mind that if the accident happens on the owner's property and the dog bite victim 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 didn't take proper precautions to prevent the dog from biting or attacking
  • The dog behaves in a way that poses 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 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  
  • Dog must be leashed   
  • The dog must be muzzled  
  • Posting warning signs on the property  

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 Lawyer 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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Hamilton, Ontario L8N 2A1

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