FAQ - Dog bite and animal attack claims

Can i get compensation if i was injured from a dog bite/animal attack?

Yes. If you have been victim to injury by a dog bite or animal attack, you have the legal right to seek compensation from the dog owner.  Dog bites can cause serious injuries and damage from which a personal injury claim may be advanced.  You may be compensated for the injury, medical expenses and loss of income.  


Does liability depend on the dog owner’s actions? 

No. Regardless of the situation, or if the dog owner acted in a reasonable manner, the owner will be held responsible based on “strict liability” imposed by the Dog Owners’ Liability Act.  


Who pays for my dog bite/animal attack claim?

The dog owner will be held responsible and will be held liable to pay for any damages. Most homeowner’s insurance policies however, cover claims for dog bites and attacks. This means that a claim against the dog owner may not result in the owner paying money out of their own pocket if they have insurance.  


Are there time limits for compensation after a dog bite/animal attack?

Yes, there are strict limitations to make a personal injury lawsuit for a dog bite/animal attack. A personal injury lawyer in Whitby or a personal injury lawyer in Oshawa can advise you at your free consultation.  


How do I pay for my legal services if I have to sue the insurance company?

At Kitchen Simeson Belliveau, dog bite/animal attack personal injury claims are handled on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not have to pay us until your claim is resolved and until you have received money. Contact our personal injury lawyers in Oshawa, Lindsay, Whitby, Cobourg, Ajax and Pickering, Bowmanville, Port Hope and surrounding areas at 905-579-5302.