Dog Bites

Dog Bite Lawyers in Waterdown, St. Thomas, and Fort Erie

Dog bite injuries are not frivolous things. Children and the elderly are much more likely to be bitten by dogs and when they are, the injuries can be severe. According to the Centers for Disease Control:

“In addition to causing injury, dog bites can spread germs from dogs to people. Up to 18% of dog bites become infected with bacteria. Over 60 different kinds of bacteria have been found in dog mouths, but only a handful of these germs can make you sick. Dog bites can cause the following diseases:”

  • Rabies
  • Capnocytophaga bacteria
  • Pasteurella external

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But what happens when you are injured by a dog that belongs to someone else? And what happens when there has been negligence involved? The law is clear about owner liability when it comes to dog bites in Waterdown, St. Thomas, Fort Erie and greater Ontario.

Unpredictable and Unintended

In most cases, dog bites are unintended. But laws are in place to protect the public in the case of a dog unpredictably attacking an unsuspecting individual.

In Ontario, we have leash and muzzle laws. Dangerous breeds of dogs are now regulated. Under the Dog Owners’ Liability Act, this is specifically aimed at pit bulls and dogs that fall under other names such as

  • Staffordshire bull terrier
  • American Staffordshire terrier
  • American pit bull terrier

A distinction of the law is that it even applies to dogs that could be mistaken for pit bulls and merely resemble them. But dog bites and attacks still happen. Any dog that is not being cared for or attended to by an owner and attacks another is considered negligent under our laws.

Liability Rests With the Dog Owner

Injuries that result from dog bites can range in severity from minor scratches to life-changing disfigurement. When a dog attacks an individual, the liability for that attack rests with the owner of the dog. Even if the dog has no prior history of aggression or the owner attempts to stop the attack, an owner’s liability still holds under the law.

Devastating Consequences

At Barapp Law Firm, we have decades of experience representing dog bite injury victims and their families. We have seen clients who have suffered permanent scarring and witnessed the devastating physical, emotional and financial consequences of dog bites.

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Our legal team has successfully represented claims on behalf of dog bite victims and are well versed in the dog bite laws that are designed to protect individuals. Acting quickly is vital to protecting your rights. At Barapp Law Firm, we understand the urgency and work diligently to help victims recover the maximum compensation for their losses.

If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite injury in Waterdown, St. Thomas, Fort Erie and anywhere in the province, the Ontario dog bite lawyers at Barapp Law Firm can help. Call us today for a free consultation to understand your rights under the law. You don’t pay unless we win.

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