Millions of households across the country are homes to at least one dog. Family pets can be beloved, loyal, affectionate companions. However, animals’ moods and behaviours can be unpredictable. Even the most well-behaved dog could have the capacity to seriously injure a human, even when unprovoked.
In accordance with the province’s Occupiers’ Liability Act, the people who own and/or occupy both commercial and residential properties owe a duty of care to people visiting their premises. As such, they must take certain preventative measures to reduce the risk of accidental injuries on their properties. If property owners/occupiers keep a dog on their premises, they are responsible for taking measures to ensure it does not cause physical harm to other people. These measures may include keeping the dog separated from visitors, restraining it on a leash, muzzling their pet, or other preventative actions.
A pet owner’s failure to protect other people from attacked by their dog could be considered negligence. Even if their dog has a generally non-confrontational demeanour and has shown no warning signs of aggressive behaviour in the past, dog owners who have failed to adequately prevent another person from being harmed by their pet could be liable for damages sustained by injured attack victims.
Surviving a dog attack can be a traumatic experience. Furthermore, injured attack victims often incur significant financial losses as a result of the injuries they have sustained. People who have been bitten by dogs may require lengthy periods of hospitalization, reconstructive surgeries, psychological counselling, and other necessary injury-related expenses. If the injuries they have sustained make it impossible for them to continue working, they may face additional challenges and incur even greater financial losses in the form of lost wages or reduced future earning capabilities.
When bitten by another person’s dog, injured attack victims could become infected with life-threatening diseases. These serious infections often include:
- And possibly more
Additionally, if a dog bites, mauls, or otherwise attacks a person, the victim of the attack could sustain physical disfigurement and other severe injuries that are both physical and psychological in nature. Oftentimes, these injuries include:
- Nerve damage
- Broken or fractured bones
- Muscular damage
- Sprains and strains
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Permanent phobias
- Sleep disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- And more
If you sustained compensable injuries as a result of being attacked by another person’s pet while visiting their property, our dog bite lawyers serving Bridgewater may be able to help you recover financial compensation for damages you have incurred. By working with our Bridgewater dog bite lawyers, you may be able to pursue a civil claim against the negligent dog owner whose failure to take your safety into consideration led you to sustain injuries in an attack.
To learn more about how we may be able to help with your case, book a free initial consultation with our dog bite lawyers serving Bridgewater by calling Preszler Injury Lawyers today.
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