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Animal & Dog Bite Injuries

Animal attacks leading to injury, whether physical or psychological (or both), are more common than one may think. Such attacks can lead to various types of trauma that require medical attention and continuous care. The Government of Canada has some rather shocking statistics about reported dog bites in particular:

  • Of all injuries related to dog bites and dog attacks, the majority of injuries occurred when the patient had no direct interaction with the dog.

  • Injuries that required advice only or minor treatment accounted for 57.9% of patients, while 36.8% needed medical follow-up after leaving the emergency department, and 4.5% were fully admitted to hospital. The body part most often affected was the face (40.5%).

Laws in Ontario regarding dog bites are particularly strict (the legal term is “strict liability”). If you get bitten by someone else’s dog, regardless of whether or not the dog has a history of violence, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. Even if the owner is a responsible pet owner and the attack was unprovoked, and even if the owner isn’t on site when the attack occurs, victims are entitled to compensation for their injuries.

Statistics show that small children, because of their size, friendliness and inability to defend themselves, are the ones who are most vulnerable to animal attacks, and often suffer the most substantial injuries. Quite often, these victims suffer emotional trauma and develop lasting fears of animals.

If you or someone you love has been injured by an animal, make sure that you seek medical attention immediately. If you would like to be compensated for these injuries, contact a Bergel Magence animal bite injury lawyer right away, and we will ensure that you get the best care and attention available.

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