Even household pets that have no previous history of aggressive or violent behaviour can unexpectedly lash out at guests, neighbours, delivery personnel, passersby, and other visitors to a dog owner’s property. When dogs bite, maul, or otherwise attack unsuspecting visitors, the scars they develop can be physical, psychological, and permanent.
Each year, hundreds of Canada Post employees across the country are seriously injured by violent, biting dogs whose owners have not taken adequate measures to prevent injuries to others. But mail delivery carriers are not the only people susceptible to injuries from dog attacks. Service technicians, landscaping professionals, food delivery people, courier, housekeepers, visiting friends and family members, and other neighbours can have their lives radically altered by a dog owner’s failure to take their personal safety into consideration.
Liability in dog bite claims is mandated in accordance with the province’s Occupiers’ Liability Act. That means that anyone who owns and/or occupies a property is required by law to take reasonable measures to protect visitors to their premises from physical harm. For dog owners, this may mean crating, muzzling, or leashing their dog when guests visit their property, so that these unsuspecting people will not sustain physical injuries as a result of their dog’s behaviour. Even if the dog owner’s pet has no history of biting or aggression towards humans, if they do not take appropriate measures and a visitor to their property is injured in an attack, the dog owner may be considered negligent. Therefore, by failing to take appropriate measures to protect their guest from their violent dog, the owner may be liable for damages arising from injuries they sustained in the attack.
When dogs bite humans, the results can be devastating, difficult to overcome, and long-lasting. Dog bites could lead to disfigurement, infection, and debilitating medical conditions. In Glace Bay, victims of dog attacks commonly sustain a myriad of physical and psychological injuries, including:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Muscular damage
- Sprains and strains
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Permanent phobias
- Sleep disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- And more
The negligence of a dog’s owner could have unintended, permanent repercussions for unsuspecting people who have been injured by their violent pet. Depending on the severity of their physical or psychological injuries, dog attack victims typically incur financial losses as a direct result of being bitten by another person’s dog. Financial losses are typically related to medical expenses, psychological counselling, lost wages due to missed work, reduced future earning capabilities, and more.
If you were bitten or otherwise attacked by someone else’s pet and have sustained compensable damages as a result, our dog bite lawyers serving Glace Bay may be able to help you recover financial compensation. By filing a lawsuit against the at-fault dog owners whose negligence led to your injuries, our Glace Bay dog bite lawyers may be able to provide beneficial assistance in your pursuit of accountability and restitution.
To learn more about options for financial recovery that might be available to you, call Preszler Injury Lawyers today to learn about options that may be available to you.
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To learn if you may be entitled to financial compensation for injuries you sustained, book your free initial consultation with our dog bite lawyers serving Glace Bay today.