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An animal attack can result in pain, physical disability, disfigurement, emotional and psychological trauma and incur the costs of medical and rehabilitative treatments. Ontario legislation protects the public by holding animal-owners liable for any injury their animal may have inflicted. Victims can claim compensation that include damages for pain and suffering, loss of income, medical and rehabilitation expenses, housekeeping expenses, attendant care and other damages and expenses that may have resulted from the injury.
One of the most common animal attacks in Ontario is a dog attack. If you or a member of your family has suffered a dog attack, it is crucial that medical attention be sought immediately to rule out and/ or treat possible transferable disease.
Dog attacks should be reported to the Municipality’s Animal Control Branch so that an investigation is initiated. In many instances, a dog may have a history of attacks or disease, which requires official documentation. The Dog Owner’s Liability Act not only holds owners liable for their animal’s attack, but also sets controls and bans for certain dogs within a residential household.
In Ontario, there are time limits which govern a victim’s ability to initiate a lawsuit against the responsible party. Should your claim exceed these time limitations, you may forfeit your rights to recover damages for the losses you have incurred. To ensure entitlement and to help you assess and process your claim, you should waste no time in seeking out the expertise of an experienced Personal Injury lawyer.
We, at Ephraim Michael Law, have had 39 years’ experience in resolving and attaining compensation for victims of animal attacks. Call us for an immediate and free consultation.