The responsibility for ones dog’s behavior presents interesting implications. Dogs are living, intelligent creatures that many people hold in high esteem, sentiment, and emotional attachment on a level equal to human family. However, dogs are legally seen as property whose owners are ultimately held responsible both for protecting them from harm and preventing them from harming others. The personal injury lawyers of Singh Barristers hold fast to a belief that the latter is a great responsibility that must not be taken lightly.
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Ontario’s provincial laws provide that owners of dogs that attack and cause injury to another person can be found liable for covering the victim’s pain, suffering, and costs of treating the dog bite for cuts, bruises, lacerations, scarring, disfigurement, and potential considerations to prevent rabies. Where children are involved, there’s also the possibility of ongoing emotional psychological trauma extending into adulthood.
Victims’ injuries can often be compensated under the owner’s premises or occupiers’ liability by law, with benefits often paid out by the owner’s home insurance policy. After all, since the dog is licensed to the owner, it’s technically a piece of property that wasn’t properly secured to prevent injury. It’s a shame when these situations arise, but ultimately, dogs are creatures that react from instinct and conditioning, not a conscious desire to do harm.
If you’ve been attacked and harmed, you indeed have every cause to hold the biting dog’s owner responsible for injuries that you’ve suffered. Contact Singh Barristers today for a free consultation that will determine the extent to which the dog’s owner and insurance policy should be held responsible for your unfortunate injuries.