Dog Bites: When to Call a Lawyer

Many of us are dog lovers, owners, and advocates for our furry friends. However, our “friends” need to be watched, because they are not always so friendly to strangers.

Many do not realize how serious a dog bite could be; Where one small bite from Fido could cost you thousands.

Between 2014 to 2016 there were over 100 dog attacks reported by just Pit bulls alone. According to this recent article, Pit Bulls and Rottweilers have caused 43 deaths from attacks in Canada alone.

When someone is attacked by a dog they have endured an injury that they did not cause themselves. When someone has been injured by a dog bite or an attack they have grounds to open a personal injury case against the dog owner.

Injuries Sustained from Dog Attacks

Getting bitten or attacked by a dog can result in injury that could require serious medical attention. For those who do not have benefits, the cost of such injuries can be high, as some may require stitches, frequent medical visits, medication, and more.

Some of the most common injuries sustained from dog attacks include:

  • Deep puncture wounds that can cause loss of blood
  • Infected areas on the skin from bites and/or scratches
  • Permanent scarring
  • Permanent nerve damage
  • Emotional scarring resulting in PTSD or long-term fear of dogs

When An Attack Should Involve a Lawyer

We are dog lovers at Millars Law, but we also feel that pet owners should be responsible for their pets, and understand their dog’s behavior. We are not trying to nickel and dime anyone, but we do believe in being fair. If your dog has seriously injured someone and they require medical attention, you as the dog owner should be prepared to cover those costs.

You must see it like a car accident, if you hit someone else’s car, you must pay for the damages you caused. If you are not prepared to own your pets actions then you might be liable for a personal injury case against you.

If the lawyers can prove that the owner was a negligent party, then the victim should receive compensation. Negligence can be attributed to factors like not having a dog on a leash, not watching the dog attentively, or not having on a muzzle if the dog has been violent in the past.

If the victim wins, the negligent party must pay for any medical costs associated with the dog bite/attack, along with lost wages, and any other costs incurred from specialists, therapists, and more.

Regardless of whatever side you fall on, it is important that you consult with a lawyer. Contact us today for a FREE consultation.

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