If you live in Ontario Province, you and your children are protected by the Dog Owner’s Liability Act in the event that you are attacked and bitten by another individual’s dog. The Act outlines how to pursue compensation when the owner of a dog is found to be negligent. This money can go towards certain medical costs and emotional needs such as corrective surgical treatment or psychological counseling.
Unfortunately, monetary compensation isn’t always guaranteed, even if the attack or dog bite is severe. The owner of the animal may use a very common defense tactic by saying that you or your child was trespassing when the attack occurred or by denying any involvement by the dog. Hence the need for acting quickly; even if the dog is owned by one of your neighbors or someone you know personally.
In the event that you or one of your children are attacked and/or bitten, the following 4 steps will ensure that your rights to fair compensation and recovery are protected:
Step #1: Seek immediate medical attention – since there is an elevated risk of disfigurement, infection, and scarring with dog bites, it’s imperative that you seek medical treatment immediately and follow-up care from your doctor. Even harmful bacteria and viruses can be harbored by the most minor of dog bite wounds.
Step #2: Contact the proper authorities and report the attack/bite – once your wounds have been treated by a doctor, the attack or bite must be reported to the proper authorities. This may involve a phone to call to the local police for advice in the matter. Be sure to provide the following details:
• description of the dog
• location and time of the attack
• name and contact information of the owner
• witness information
Step #3: Gather evidence to build a strong case – a dog bite lawyer from our firm can help you gather the evidence you need to pursue your claim including:
• medical records
• photos of your or your child’s injuries
• police report
• proof of pet ownership
• witness testimonials
Step #4: Protect your rights to compensation – schedule a FREE consultation and case evaluation with a Personal Injury Lawyer in Waterdown from our firm. From gathering evidence to responding to the defense’s claims, our legal team can handle all aspects of your case and ensure that your rights to compensation are protected.
To learn more or to schedule a FREE consultation with an experienced dog bite lawyer, call Barapp Law at (888) 226-4264 today. We understand your frustration and the trauma that you or your loved one has experienced. That is why we would be glad to be of assistance and help you get justice. Call us today.