Although dog bites usually don’t kill people, sometimes they are more than just a momentary inconvenience. According to Canadian law, people who have been the victim of dog bites due to the recklessness of another person are entitled to compensation.
VICTIMS OF DOG BITE DESERVE COMPENSATION
If someone is visiting a zoo and one of the animals attacks them because it did not have a security fence, could the victim sue the zoo owner? Evidently, because he did not ensure the safety of others.
So the question arises, if someone who is bitten by an animal at the zoo can sue, couldn’t a person sue if they were bitten by an animal outside of a zoo? They can do it even more because the person did not even intentionally seek to be in contact with animals.
“IN WHICH CIRCUMSTANCES CAN I SUE FOR DOG BITE?”
Here are two situations in which a dog bite victim can make a claim:
WHEN THE OWNER OF THE DOG KNEW THE DOG WAS DANGEROUS AND DID NOTHING
According to Tort Law (Canadian personal injury law), a dog owner would be liable for injuries caused by their pet if they knew it was dangerous or had bitten other people in the past and had done nothing to prevent future accidents.
WHEN THE DOG ATTACKS FOR THE FIRST TIME
When it is the first time that a dog bites someone, it is a more complicated situation because a deeper investigation would have to be done to see the origin of the accident. However, in these circumstances, the victim can also expect to receive compensation.
“WHO WILL COMPENSATE ME IF I WAS BITTEN BY A DOG?”
Generally, insurance companies have a personal policy that includes dog bites. If the person is not insured, they should go directly to the owner of the offending dog and reach an agreement with him through lawyers.
“IS IT TRUE THAT IF I AM BITTEN BY A DOG IN A HOUSE THAT HAD A ‘BEWARE OF THE DOG’ SIGN, I CANNOT CLAIM COMPENSATION?”
No, that’s not true. The “Beware of the dog” sign is a positive point for the owner of the offending animal, but it does not exclude him from responsibility.
For example, if there was a social gathering and the homeowner did not properly secure the dog, he would still be liable in the event of an accident, regardless of whether he had a “Beware of the dog” sign on his front door or not.
The same would happen in the case of those people who work selling products or delivering letters from house to house. If a person is injured by an animal while conducting their work, they have the right to sue regardless if they were on private property with a “Beware of the Dog” sign.
Note: The situation would be more complex in case the dog has any disease because the sign warns people that there is a dog, but does not tell them that the dog implies a higher health risk because of additional diseases.
RICHMOND HILL PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS SEEK THE WELFARE OF THOSE INJURED BY A DOG
Although dog bites are generally not as serious as other breaches of the law, Richmond Hill personal injury lawyers know that sometimes they have devastating consequences.
If you have been bitten by a dog or other animal, you can be sure that local lawyers understand you and will do their best to represent you with dignity.