Animal attacks are surprisingly common in Ontario and across Canada, with dog bites being the most prevalent form of attack.
Attacks from exotic pets also occur and even from farm animals. In Canada, most provinces have strict laws against animal attacks. The laws of Ontario state that the owner of an animal that has attacked someone is financially responsible for both the victim's suffering and for any costs related to the treatment of the injury.
Dog bites and animal attack claims are usually considered a form of" premises liability" or occupiers' liability under personal injury laws. There are many serious implications caused by animal attacks. Dog bites can cause traumatic injuries including cuts and scrapes and in severe cases can result in scarring and deformity. Dog bites can also cause serious emotional trauma especially to children and adults who have a great fear of dogs.
If you are attacked by a dog or other animal, you show follow this procedure:
- Call 911 if you have been critically injured
- Report the attack to the owner of the animal and law enforcement
- Make note of the owner information: full name, number, address.
- Seek out witnesses and get their information: full name, number, address.
- If you have a camera, take photos of the injuries acquired, the animal and the scene where the incident took place.
- Document all time lost from work.
- Keep the clothing items you wore at the time of the incident.
- Consult with lawyer before discussing your case with insurance representatives.
- If receiving medical treatment give the treating physician full details of the accident.
- Keep copies of all expenses that result from the injury.
- Keep a journal of all your daily pains, medicines and dosage, and restrictions due to the incident.
To better understand and determine whether you are entitled to a claim then you should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer who will help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
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