More than 7 million households across the country are home to at least one canine family member. For countless dog-owners, “man’s best friend” provides loyal companionship and unconditional love. But just like humans, even the most mild-mannered pet can occasionally lash out and behave inappropriately. If a dog’s behaviour turns violent, both adults and children could be seriously injured.
When dogs bite, maul, or otherwise attack humans, the physical and emotional scars can be long-lasting, and even permanent. Victims of dog attacks in Dartmouth can suffer severe physical damage, enduring emotional trauma, and mental anguish.
Furthermore, dog attacks can have fatal repercussions. Toddlers and small children are particularly vulnerable to severe, life-threatening injuries inflicted by vicious dogs. If a small child encounters an aggressive animal in Dartmouth, families could face the tragic, senseless loss of a child in a violent, unfathomable incident.
When dogs bite, unsuspecting people can sustain serious injuries. These injuries can include:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Muscular damage
- Sprains and strains
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- And more
Physical injuries sustained in a dog attack can lead to disfigurement, infection, and debilitating medical conditions. People who were bitten by violent dogs often develop lasting psychological damage, including PTSD and permanent phobias. Overcoming the trauma of a dog attack may require ongoing psychological treatment.
If you have been injured by someone else’s dog while visiting their property, our Dartmouth dog bite lawyers may be able to help you recover financial compensation for your injuries.
Provisions mandating liability for dog bites are included in the province’s Occupier’s Liability Act. Property owners who fail to protect their guests against injuries on their premises, including injuries sustained in a dog attack, may be considered negligent and, therefore, responsible for damages resulting from their failure to reasonably uphold the duty of care they owed their visitor. This includes delivery professionals and Canada Post workers, hundreds of whom sustain serious injuries in dog attacks each year.
If a dog bites a visitor on its owner’s property and causes them to sustain serious injuries, its owner may be required to compensate the attack victim for financial losses they have incurred as a result. Even if the dog had never exhibited violent or aggressive behaviour in the past, its owner could be held responsible for damages it caused another person to sustain on their property.
With the assistance of our dog bite lawyers serving Dartmouth, injured victims may be able to file a lawsuit against the dog’s owners to recover costs for the following damages:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Psychological treatment
- Ongoing medical care/in-home care
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Adjusted living expenses
- Pain and suffering
- And possibly more
Free Consultation for Dartmouth Residents – We Don’t Get Paid Unless We Win
Our dog bite lawyers serving Dartmouth offer free, initial consultations to injured members of the local community. If you have been injured by another person’s dog and are unsure whether you are entitled to financial compensation, call Preszler Injury Lawyers today.
To discuss the details of your attack and learn if you are eligible to pursue a civil claim against the dog’s owners, contact our dog bite lawyers serving Dartmouth.