If a household pet attacks a visitor on their owner’s property, the results can be long-lasting, severe, and even fatal. Depending on a number of factors, including the dog’s breed and the victim’s age, dog bites can have devastating, permanent repercussions. Toddlers and small children are most susceptible to fatalities resulting from aggressive dog attacks. However, anyone who encounters an untamed, unrestrained animal could lose their lives, or sustain serious injuries.
Dog bites can cause a victim to become permanently disfigured. They can also transmit life-threatening infections to the victims of dog attacks, causing them to acquire or develop:
- And possibly more
In addition, the victims of dog attacks can also acquire a host of physical and psychological injuries. Common examples of injuries sustained by the victims of a biting dog include:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Muscular damage
- Sprains and strains
- Lifelong phobias
- Sleep disorders
- Panic attacks
- Post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD)
- And more
Injured victims of dog attacks often incur substantial financial losses as a direct result of being bitten by aggressive dogs. Often, these financial losses are related to medical expenses and psychological counselling. However, if the injuries they sustained prevent them from returning to their workplaces, injured dog attack victims may incur financial losses related to lost wages, as well as a reduced future earning capacity. Additionally, the victims of dog attacks could sustain non-pecuniary damages if their injuries have an adverse overall effect on their quality of life.
In accordance with the province’s Occupiers’ Liability Act, all property owners/occupiers are required to take reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of the people visiting their premises. Failure to take necessary measures to keep other people safe from harm may be considered negligence.
Therefore, if the owner of a dog does not properly restrain their pet or prevent them from biting, mauling, or otherwise attacking guests, neighbours, delivery personnel, or other passersby, the at-fault dog owner may be considered negligent. As such, they may be responsible for financially compensating injured attack victims for damages they have incurred because of the injuries they sustained. This applies even to the owners of dogs who have shown no previous signs of outward aggressiveness to other humans and who have no history of violent behaviour.
If you were injured in a dog attack on someone else’s property, our dog bite lawyers serving Sydney Mines may be able to help you pursue a civil claim against the dog’s negligent owner. By working with our Sydney Mines dog bite lawyers, you may be able to recover financial compensation for damages you have incurred, or will incur in the future.
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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During a free initial consultation with our dog bite lawyers serving Sydney Mines, you will have the opportunity to review the details of your case, ask important questions about the financial options that may be available to you, receive legal advice specific to your situation, and learn if you might be entitled to financial compensation.
To speak with our Sydney Mines dog bite lawyers, call Preszler Injury Lawyers today and schedule your free initial consultation.