A lot of accident victims wonder whether or not they should hire an Ottawa dog bite lawyer or personal injury lawyer after they have been in an accident or sustained an injury. It is a very common issue. Studies have shown that approximately *60% of all accident victims settle with the insurance company without ever consulting a personal injury lawyer. Are these people saving money in legal fees or losing money by settling for less than they deserve?
It would not be practical to make a decision on the perceived size of the claim without a lawyer’s input. If the victim assumes that the claim is small and is not significant enough to justify the legal fees, a quick consultation with a lawyer will help to determine the actual size of the claim. Claimants may be surprised to learn the actual value of the claim when working with a lawyer that can determine who responsible for the injuries and understands where the damages can be recovered from.
When should you hire an Ottawa dog bite lawyer ?
Larger, more complex claims are always best left with an experienced personal injury lawyer who :
* Can achieve higher settlements than what the claimant can on their own
* Can explain legal documents and related paperwork
* Has claims assessment expertise
* Is experienced in working with defendant’s lawyers and insurance company lawyers
* Will represent the victim and work towards the best possible outcome
Understanding when you should seek out the services of an Ottawa dog bite lawyer or personal injury lawyer is essential to getting the compensation you deserve. Don’t let the negligence of another party cause you undue stress and pain. If you or a loved one has been hurt in an injury or accident, contact our personal injury lawyers for a free consultation. David understands, he cares and he can help.
We love dogs! While certain breeds of dogs tend to have lower dog bite statistics, there is really no 100% guarantee that any dog will not bite you. Dog bites happen every day. In fact, there are close to 5 million people in North America that are injured by dogs on an annual basis. Furthermore, 81 % of dog attacks are on children (dogbite.org) .
Ontario’s Dog Owner’s Liability Act
The Ontario government has very specific laws when it comes to dog attacks and liability. The Dog Owner’s Liability Act (R.S.O. 1990, c. D.16) addresses several areas of liability including owner liability, contribution by a person(s) at fault, multiple owner liability and the extent of liability. When it comes to dog bites and liability, Ontario courts must consider all the above mentioned factors as well as any facts that surround the case, such as a dog’s history, was the dog provoked, precautions taken by the owner to preclude similar attacks in the future, the seriousness of the injuries caused by the biting or attack, unusual contributing circumstances tending to justify the dog’s action, . etc…There are many variations and questions that need to be asked when determining liability and compensation in a dog bite accident case. An experienced dog bite lawyer will be able to specifically advise you on your case.
Dog bite compensation and liability
In general , a dog owner is responsible for personal injuries inflicted to another person by their dog. However, if a dog attacks an individual who has entered a home or workplace with the intention of committing a criminal act, the dog’s owner will not be held responsible if the animal injures the intruder. There are some instances where the courts will determine that a dog needs to be put down . For instance, this could happen if the court determines that the animal is dangerous or a threat to other people, or that the dog has a history of attacking and biting other animals or individuals. Ontario courts can also decide that a dog may not necessarily be out down but will have certain conditions such as they will be confined to their owner’s property and the owner is responsible for making sure there are adequate warning signs regarding the dog and that the dog must be restrained in certain circumstances.
Pitbull dog bites
Of particular note, the Ontario government enacted legislation in 2005 to specifically dealt with pit bulls in Ontario.he Public Safety Related to Dogs Statute Law Amendment Act, 2005 was passed along with Ontario Regulation 157/05 which provides for the strict regulation and control of owning a pitbull in Ontario. This law now prohibits persons from owning, breeding, importing, abandoning or transferring any pitbulls.
For more information on dog bite compensation in Ontario, contact one of our dog bite lawyers for a free consultation.