FAQ - Dog bite and animal attack claims

If you were attacked by somebody's dog and sustained injuries, it is essential to get the help of a dog attack injury lawyer in Oshawa to represent your case. The Dog Owners' Liability Act (DOLA) specifies that a dog owner is responsible for attacks by their dog on another person. Our dog attack injury lawyers in Oshawa can help you build a case so that you can recover the compensation you deserve. We understand the complexities of dog bite claims and can help develop a solid case for you.

As a dog attacks injury lawyer in Oshawa, we regularly receive the following questions from our clients.

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

Yes. If you have been victim and injured by a dog bite or animal attack, you have the legal right to seek compensation from the dog owner. Dog bites can cause severe 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.

What Are Some Possible Dog Bite Injuries?

Dog bites can lead to severe injuries and possible deaths in worst-case scenarios.

Some common injuries we represent our clients for are:

  • Bites to the legs, hands, neck and forearms
  • Sepsis
  • Disfigurement
  • Muscle damage
  • Scarring
  • Fractures
  • Psychological trauma
  • Cuts and lacerations

Who Is a Dog 'Owner'?

A dog owner is a person who owns a dog or harbours it. Harbouring a dog refers to some measure of control over the dog beyond just living with it. If a minor is a dog owner, the individual in charge of the minor's custody may also be an owner.

What if There Are Multiple Dog Owners?

If there are several dog owners, the DOLA will hold them jointly responsible and liable for the attack and injuries.

Does Liability Depend on the Dog Owner’s Actions?

No. Regardless of the situation, or if the dog owner acted reasonably, 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 liable to pay for any damages. However, most homeowners’ insurance policies cover claims for dog bites and attacks. A claim against the dog owner may not result in the owner paying money out of their pocket if they have insurance.

Are There Time Limits for Compensation After a Dog Bite/Animal Attack?

Yes, there are strict limitations to making 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 LLP, 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 you receive the money. Contact our personal injury lawyers in Oshawa, Lindsay, Whitby, Cobourg, Ajax and Pickering, Bowmanville, Port Hope and surrounding areas at 905-579-5302.

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