Even dogs with no previous history of violent behaviour have been known to bite, maul, or otherwise attack humans in unprovoked acts of aggression. In addition to the hundreds of Canada Post delivery personnel seriously injured by dog bites each year, any number of unsuspecting people can sustain severe injuries in dog attacks. Friends, neighbours, guests, toddlers, small children, delivery agents, and unsuspecting passersby can all sustain permanent physical and psychological injuries as the result of vicious dog attacks. 

When someone else’s dog bites another person, the victim of the attack could develop serious, life-threatening infections. They could also sustain permanent disfigurement in addition to a host of other physical injuries, including:

  • Scarring
  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Muscular damage
  • Rabies 
  • Tetanus 
  • Sepsis 
  • Endocarditis
  • Meningitis 
  • Sprains and strains
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • And more

The physical injuries sustained in dog attacks may require lengthy periods of hospitalization, lifestyle adjustments, and extensive medical treatments in order to fully recover. As far-reaching as the physical implications of injuries sustained in a dog attack may be, oftentimes they pale in comparison to the overall damage caused by the psychological injuries developed by victims in the aftermath of their attack. 

In addition to the physical ramifications of violent dog attacks, the people who survive violent encounters with another person’s dog often develop psychological trauma. Often debilitating in nature, the mental health issues acquired after being savagely bitten by a dog may require expensive psychological counselling and psychiatric treatment. 

Some common examples of psychological issues sustained by dog attack victims include:

  • Lifelong phobias
  • Sleep disorders
  • Panic attacks
  • Post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD)
  • And more

After sustaining physical injuries, psychological distress, and compensable damages because of another person’s violent pet, it can be difficult to know where to turn to seek accountability and restitution. Depending on the circumstances of your attack, our dog bite lawyers serving Riverview may be able to provide you with crucial legal assistance.

That is because dog bites are often caused by the negligence of a pet’s owner. Dog owners have a duty to protect others from the potentially harmful behaviours of their pet. If a dog’s owner fails to take reasonable preventative measures to keep other people safe from physical danger, they may be found negligent. Dog owners who neglect to keep their animals on leashes, allow them to interact with others without muzzles, or otherwise fail to prevent bites and attacks may be liable for damages incurred by injured attack victims. Even if the pet owner’s dog showed no previous signs of aggression, they may be considered negligent if they failed to prevent an injurious attack. 

As such, if you were injured in an encounter with a violent, biting dog, our Riverview dog bite lawyers may be able to help you recover financial compensation. By pursuing legal action against the at-fault dog owner whose negligence created the conditions that allowed their animal to attack you, our dog bite lawyers serving Riverview may be able to help you recover damages for:

  • 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

To learn whether you may be  entitled to financial compensation, schedule a free initial consultation with our Riverview dog bite lawyers today.

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Our Riverview dog bite lawyers are committed to helping injured members of the local community in their pursuits of accountability and justice. To learn how our dog bite lawyers serving Riverview may be able to help, schedule a free, no obligation, initial consultation with Preszler Injury Lawyers today.

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