Thousands of children and adults that are seriously injured as a result of dog bites or other animal (raccoon, coyote) attacks each year in Ontario. Ontario is governed by the Dog’s Owner’s Liability Act which places strict liability on dog owners who are completely responsible for any injury caused by their dog. In other words, it is not necessary to prove that the owner of the dog was negligent.
Upon being injured, You should immediately visit a hospital to ensure you have not contracted any disease. The hospital visit also insures that outside parties are notified of the attack. Photo evidence will be helpful. You should also report the attack to the appropriate Municipality’s Animal Control Services Branch as the dog may have a history of attacks or disease which should be documented by Animal Control.
It is important to identify the persons responsible and confirm the availability of insurance coverage to pay your claim such as a homeowner’s policy of insurance of the dog owner.
Due to the traumatic nature of animal attacks, victims may be left both physically and emotionally scarred. You may be entitled to compensation for pain, physical and emotional suffering, income loss, home maintenance assistance, medical treatment and rehabilitation and out of pocket expenses depending on how your injury affects your life.