If you were recently the victim of a dog attack in Toronto and you have questions regarding your possible case, the dog attack lawyers at Taverniti | Vashishth LLP would be more than happy to assist you.
You should seek immediate medical attention and contact a dog bite personal injury lawyer in Toronto as soon as possible. Make sure you also take as many pictures as possible of the scene of the incident and of your injuries to help your lawyer build a strong case for you.
First, call an ambulance or someone you trust to take you to the hospital or your nearest medical clinic. Then, call the police and your lawyer. If the dog is a stray, you should also notify Animal Control.
As the owner, you’re liable for any injury or harm your dog inflicts upon another person.
A dog owner is classified as anyone who is in charge of caring for a canine. Where minors are concerned (anyone under the age of 18), the dog owner constitutes the legal guardian(s) or parent(s).
Yes, you can certainly sue the dog owner for injury and other damages because they’re fully responsible for their dog’s behaviour and keeping the dog contained if they’re aware it has a violent history.
Yes. The law in Toronto states that if your lawyer can successfully prove the dog owner’s negligence at the time of the dog bite injury, then they are liable to compensate you physical and mental pain and suffering, loss of income, and medical expenses related to the injury.
Yes. There’s a very specific dog attack law in the Ontario Dog Owner’s Liability Act that adheres to mental or psychological suffering caused directly by this type of incident. Following thorough mental and psychological assessment to prove to the court that such is the case, you could receive compensation for general damages.
In most cases, the dog owner’s insurance company will have to cover your medical bills. If the dog owner doesn’t have insurance, then they must cover the costs out of pocket.
In some cases, it can be extremely difficult to prove that the dog was previously known to be dangerous. The best thing you can do is try to gather as much information about the dog as possible. Try talking to neighbours or delivery people in the area. You can also check with Animal Control or the police to find out if the dog has been previously reported for attacking people.
In Toronto, it’s very difficult to pursue a dog attack claim involving stray dogs simply because you need to be able to prove that someone—either a government organization or person—was somehow either directly or indirectly responsible for the attack. For example, you might have a viable case if your lawyer can prove that the dog was reported to Animal Control for previously attacking someone and they released him despite the fact.
It doesn’t matter whether the attack occurred on private or public property. The location only matters insofar as assisting the police or Animal Control services in conducting their investigations into the matter.
There’s no general timeline to demonstrate how long it will take to resolve or settle a dog attack injury claim in Toronto, Ontario. However, as with any other personal injury claim, there are strict time limitations in terms of when you should file the claim. The longer you wait, the more detrimental it could be to your case.
You can contact our distinguished dog bite injury lawyers in Toronto by calling (905) 264-8686 or toll-free at 1-800-529-7032