Being attacked by a dog can be a traumatizing, life-changing event. Many victims of dog attacks sustain severe physical injuries, including permanent scarring and disfigurement. Depending on a number of factors, including the breed of dog and the attack victim’s age, dog attacks can be fatal. Infants, toddlers, small children, and seniors are particularly susceptible to fatal injuries sustained as the result of being bitten by someone else’s dog.
In addition to the permanent physical injuries that could be sustained by the victims of dog attacks, dog bites have the potential to transmit potentially life-threatening infections to humans. If bitten by someone else’s dog, a person could become infected with:
Those who are fortunate enough to survive an injurious encounter with someone else’s dog may find themselves struggling to cope with the emotional and psychological fallout of their attack. Dog bites can cause long-lasting, even permanent psychological trauma, which can manifest itself in a number of severe mental health disorders including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), insomnia and other sleep disorders, body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) as a result of disfigurement or physical scarring, and more. Coping with these mental health issues can be expensive, requiring ongoing psychological counselling , prescription medications, cognitive therapies, and other expensive treatments.
Being bitten by someone else’s dog can profoundly impact an attack victim’s physical, emotional, and economic well-being. But who is responsible for the actions of an aggressive animal?
In accordance with the province’s Dangerous Dogs Act, dogs that have been found to pose a risk to public safety may be euthanized in a humane manner. However, while putting a violent dog to sleep may help the people they have injured recover a sense of emotional closure, euthanasia does nothing to compensate injured victims for financial losses they have incurred as a result of their injuries.
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.
If you were the victim of a dog attack on someone else’s property, our Edmonton 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 Edmonton.
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.
During a free initial consultation, our Edmonton 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. To learn more, contact our dog bite lawyers serving Edmonton today.
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