When someone else’s dog attacks another person, the resulting scars can be physical, psychological, and permanent. In Saint John, even dogs with no history of aggressive or hostile behaviour towards humans have been known to attack. The physical and emotional injuries dogs inflict on people may haunt the victims of an attack for the rest of their lives. 

In some cases, dog attacks can end in tragic fatalities. Toddlers and small children are especially at risk of losing their lives to aggressive, biting dogs. If a dog’s owner fails to take precautions to keep children and adults safe from their pet, their negligence could cause family members to lose their loved ones in an unspeakably violent and senseless tragedy. 

The survivors of dog attacks may suffer infection, disfigurement, and other serious medical conditions. In Saint John, common physical injuries resulting from dog attacks include:

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

People who have been bitten, mauled, or otherwise attacked by a vicious dog often develop psychological trauma in addition to their physical injuries. As a result, dog bite survivors may acquire disabling mental health conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and extreme phobias, as well as sleep disorders and panic attacks. In the aftermath of a dog attack, victims coping with their newly developed psychological distress may require extensive– and expensive– psychiatric treatment. 

As a result of the physical and psychological damages sustained in dog attacks, injured Saint John residents may find it difficult to keep up with their newly acquired costs. If the injuries they have sustained make it impossible for them to return to the workplace, survivors of dog attacks and their families may experience serious financial hardships.

If you were the victim of a dog attack and sustained injuries as a result, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Our dog bite lawyers serving Saint John may be able to help you file a civil claim to recover damages you have incurred because of your injuries.

Each municipality in the province has its own bylaws governing dog bites. Because of this, determining liability in the aftermath of a dog attack can be challenging. Depending on where the attack took place, dog bite victims pursuing accountability and restitution may face different outcomes. 

However, in Saint John, if a dog’s owner failed to take precautions to keep others from being injured in an attack, they may be considered negligent and, therefore, liable for damages resulting from a victim’s injuries. Even if their dog had no previous history of violence and never gave them reason to be concerned about its behaviour around people, the owner who failed to prevent the attack may be required to compensate attack victims for injuries their dog caused them to sustain.

Free Consultation for Saint John Residents – We Don’t Get Paid Unless We Win

To learn if you may be eligible to pursue legal action against the negligent owner of a dog who injured you in an attack, schedule a free, initial consultation with our Saint John dog bite lawyers. 

During this cost-free, no obligation, initial meeting, our dog bite lawyers serving Saint John may be able to review the circumstances of your attack and advise you of options for financial recovery that may be available to you. To learn more, contact Preszler Injury lawyers today.

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