Millions of households across the country are home to at least one pet dog. In addition to being a valued member of these families, a dog can be a big responsibility. As a matter of fact, dog owners are responsible for much more than walking, grooming, and taking care of their pet. In this province, dog owners are responsible for their pet’s behaviour and actions, especially when they impact other people on their property.
In accordance with the province’s Occupier’s Liability Act, property owners and/or occupiers have a responsibility to take reasonable measures to protect their visitors from physical harm. That means the owners and/or occupiers of residential properties are required by law to address potentially dangerous hazards on their premises, so that their visitors are not unintentionally harmed by their negligence. In this province, the provisions outlined in the Occupier’s Liability Act apply to dog ownership as well. Even if a family’s pet dog has no previous history of outwardly aggressive behaviour and has shown no signs of violence towards humans, the property’s owner and/or occupier is required by law to take appropriate measures to make sure their dog does not physically injure anyone visiting the premises, including delivery professionals.
Hundreds of Canada Post employees across the nation sustain serious injuries in dog attacks each year. However, delivery professionals are not the only people susceptible to dog bites and other injuries caused by an aggressive animal. Service technicians, landscaping professionals, housekeepers, neighbours, friends, family members, passersby, and others could be severely injured when a dog belonging to a property owner and/or occupier attacks.
If a dog’s owners fail to take appropriate measures to keep visitors to their property safe from their pet, they may be considered negligent. When a property owner and/or occupier’s negligence leads to a dog attack in which a visitor to the premises sustains injuries, the negligent dog owners may be liable for damages arising from their guest’s injuries. As such, they may be required to financially compensate their injured guests for the financial losses they have incurred because of the injuries they sustained as a result of the dog attack.
When dogs bite, maul, or otherwise attack unsuspecting humans, victims of the attack can be severely injured. Physical injuries sustained in a dog attack can lead to disfigurement, infection, and debilitating medical conditions. In Sydney, injuries commonly arising from dog attacks on other people’s property include:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Muscular damage
- Sprains and strains
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- And more
Victims of dog attacks often develop psychological trauma as a result of their encounter with an aggressive animal. The emotional and mental distress of surviving a brutal dog attack can have lasting impacts that linger long after their physical injuries have healed. Because of this, dog attack victims may require ongoing– and expensive– psychological treatment. Depending on the severity of their trauma, survivors of dog attacks may suffer substantial financial losses because of their attack. This is especially true of victims whose physical or psychological injuries prevent them from performing the duties of their jobs. The negligence of a dog’s owner could have unintended, permanent repercussions for unsuspecting people who have been injured by their violent pet.
If you have been injured by someone else’s dog while visiting their property, our dog bite lawyers serving Sydney may be able to assist you in your pursuit of accountability and financial compensation. By filing a civil claim against the negligent dog owners whose failure to ensure your safety caused you to be injured, our Sydney dog bite lawyers may be able to help you recover damages you have incurred. These damages could include:
Our dog bite lawyers serving Sydney 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 learn about options that may be available to you.
Free Consultation for Sydney Residents – We Don’t Get Paid Unless We Win
At Preszler Injury Lawyers, the initial consultation with our Sydney dog bite lawyers is always free. During this no-obligation first meeting, injured survivors of dog attacks will have the opportunity to review the circumstances of their attack, ask pertinent questions, and receive the benefit of our legal advice, all at no charge.
To learn if you may be eligible to pursue a civil claim for damages in order to receive financial compensation for the injuries you sustain, book your free initial consultation with our dog bite lawyers serving Sydney today.