Certain people are more vulnerable to serious injuries as the result of a dog attack. Infants, toddlers, small children, and the elderly are particularly susceptible to severe or even fatal injuries after being bitten, mauled, or otherwise attacked by a violent dog.
However, regardless of age or physical condition, anyone can be seriously impacted by an unanticipated dog attack. Dog attacks can lead to permanent scarring and disfigurement, physical injuries, and long-lasting psychological trauma. Severe, life-threatening infections can also be transmitted to humans via dog bites. These include:
After being injured in a dog attack, it can be difficult to know which actions to take to ensure that all injuries and infections are assessed and addressed in a timely manner, and that the dog in question will not harm another person. That is why it is important to report all dog bites to Alberta Animal Services Bylaw Enforcement.
Although they are known as “man’s best friend,” even the friendliest dog has the capacity to seriously injure another individual when they unexpectedly bite or attack. Recovering from these injuries – whether they are physical or psychological – can be costly, requiring various forms of ongoing treatments and injury-related expenses. And while it is impossible to blame an animal for their behaviour, someone must be held accountable for their actions.
The people who own and/or control access to commercial or residential properties owe a duty of care to the people who visit their premises. Their responsibilities to the safety of guests and other rightful visitors to the property are outlined in the province’s Occupiers’ Liability Act. If a property occupier has a dog on their premises, they are required to take necessary safety precautions to ensure the people visiting the property will not be bitten, mauled, or otherwise attacked by their dangerous animal. Failure to take preventative measures to protect other people’s safety could be considered negligence.
Many people who have been bitten by dogs while visiting someone else’s property have personal, pre-existing relationships with the occupier of the premises. This might make injured victims of a dog attack hesitant to seek legal advice about their case, for fear of starting a conflict with a friend, relative, or neighbour. However, since all property owners should have liability insurance, damages incurred by visitors during a dog attack should be covered by the occupier’s insurance policy.
If you were the victim of a dog attack on someone else’s property, our Canmore dog bite lawyers may be able to help you recover the compensation you deserve. To learn more, contact us today and schedule a free initial consultation with our dog bite lawyers serving Canmore.
During a free initial consultation, our Canmore dog bite lawyers can review the circumstances of your situation and provide case-specific advice about options for financial recovery that might be available to you. Our dog bite lawyers serving Canmore work on a contingency-fee basis. That means you do not pay unless we win.
Even if you are unsure whether you might be able to receive compensation for your injuries, you might benefit from a free initial consultation with Preszler Injury Lawyers. To learn more, contact our dog bite lawyers serving Canmore today.
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