Dog Bites

Dog Bite Lawyers in Grimsby, LaSalle and Amherstburg

As human beings, we love our dogs. They are adored and trusted family members. But it is also true that in Ontario alone, more than 5,000 dog bites are reported each year.

Data collected by the Canadian Veterinary Journal has offered some concerning statistics regarding 28 dog bite fatalities that they followed:

  • 24 of the 28 were under the age of 12 years of age
  • 17 of the 28 were male
  • 22 of the 28 were alone with the dog at the time of the attack
  • Sled dogs, huskies and rottweilers caused the majority of the fatalities

The particular report didn’t specify any pit bull fatalities. But the city of Toronto has seen a 92 percent reduction in dog bites since the ban of the breed was instituted.

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The Dog Owners Liability Act

The Dog Owners Liability Act has held dog owners liable for any damages caused by their dog attacking a person unless the victim is on the dog owner’s property illegally. This is usually covered under a homeowners policy or premises liability claim. But there are times when this is not enough.

What Causes a Dog to Bite?

Some dogs will naturally be territorial and want to protect things they consider important such as their food and toys. Some are protecting their own personal space or that of their owners.

Dogs Can Be Defensive Animals

A person interacting with a dog may not be aware that the dog is in defensive mode. Some dogs that have been rescued have learned defensive behaviors as a matter of survival. Some can feel defensive if they feel they are cornered and can’t get away. Elderly dogs can feel vulnerable and will often defend themselves by biting. When it comes right down to it, dogs will bite for a variety of reasons and the victim may not be prepared for it.

Dog Bite Injuries Can Be Extensive

Dog bites can cause extensive injuries and require intensive medical treatment. Many dog bite victims need to undergo plastic surgery in order to treat the scarring caused by a dog attack. Many insurance companies will not cover these procedures as they are considered cosmetic in nature.

Compounding the physical nature of a dog bite is the mental and emotional scars which may require therapy sessions to treat the fear, depression and PTSD that can happen as the result of a dog attack.

Dog bites and attacks can be much more extensive than puncture wounds. They can also result in:

  • Lacerations
  • Infections
  • Nerve damage
  • Infections
  • Contusions
  • Fractures
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • Lifelong emotional trauma

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite in Grimsby, LaSalle, Amherstburg or elsewhere in Ontario, call the dog bite lawyers at Barapp Law Firm. We have the experience to successfully bring a claim against the liable party. Call our office for a no-cost consultation to discuss your legal rights after a dog bite.