Most people at some time in their lives suffer an attack from pet animals. Dog bites are one of the most common animal attacks and can have a serious impact on the life and health of the victim. Certain breeds like pit bull terriers are attacking breeds and tend to be very aggressive. Other dogs may attack due to perceived threat, poor training, improper restraints etc. Whatever the cause of the attack, victims are entitled to seek compensation and our 24×7 injury lawyers can help you with putting together a valid claim for medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of income etc. In very severe cases, if the dog was diseased or rabid, the victim dies and the family is entitled to seek compensation.
Information and Statistics on Dog Bites
There are reliable studies to show that some breeds of dogs like Rottweilers, pit bulls, mastiffs, boxers etc are much more liable to attack humans than other breeds like Labradors, retrievers, etc. However, many smaller breeds like pekingese, terriers, etc can also be quite aggressive and cause severe injuries when they bite. More than 81% of dog attacks are on children, while 86% of attacks induce bodily harm and maiming. 76% of severe attacks result in fatalities. More men are bitten than women, and in a majority of cases, the victim has had no previous interaction with the dog. The body part most affected, surprisingly, is the face and though most injuries are treated in the ER, a small percentage of victims need hospitalization. Five to nine year olds are the largest population of humans that suffer dog bites and the majority of attacks occur between the 4-8 pm time slot.
The types of injuries suffered include bites, lacerations or cuts from claws, eye injuries, fractures, nerve damage, crushing injuries, amputation of body parts like fingers, genitalia, facial features etc. All these injuries are extremely serious and can result in huge medical expenditure, long-term disability, rehabilitation and loss of income. Additionally, if the dog was diseased, the person could contract rabies or infections from the wounds and bites, leading to death. All these statistics are useful to understand the nature of dog behavior. If you or a loved one has been attacked you need to find a personal injury lawyer immediately.
Why Pet Animals Attack Humans
There may be a variety of reasons why dogs and pets attack humans. The age-old relationship between humans and animals is built on mutual trust and if there is a perceived violation of this by the animal, it could attack. Some of the reasons include:
• Person is unfamiliar to the dog
• Person behaves in a threatening manner or is perceived to be so
• Challenging its territory
• Challenging its food, water, belongings
• Protecting the owners and their territory
• Old age
• Illness, hunger, fear or pain
• Threatening body language like staring (this is true of small children whose eyes are at the dog’s eye-level)
• Predatory instincts
• Trained to attack intruders
• Re-directed aggression
Studies have also shown that dogs generally attack to protect themselves, human owners or territory. However, dog-owners have a duty to restrain/train and ensure that pets aren’t dangerous. If you’ve been attacked by a pet dog, you’re entitled to compensation and the owner is liable to be punished. Third parties like property owners may also become liable if a dog on their premises attacks someone. Our serious injury lawyers can begin working on your case immediately. Our free consultation injury lawyers can help you with filing claims for compensation if you’ve been attacked.
How We Can Assist
If you or a loved one has suffered such an attack, ensure that you get the name and address of the owner and the dog’s license number. Many people hesitate to sue when the dog-owner is a friend/relative, but it is their insurance company that makes the pay-out, so they do have a safety-net. Our experienced personal injury lawyers can put together a strong case that would compensate you for the pain and suffering, medical expenses, long or short term disability etc. Often, people who have been attacked by dogs suffer from post traumatic stress disorder and may require psychiatric help too. Children are especially vulnerable and could suffer severe injuries. In several Canadian localities, breed specific legislation is in place and there are laws against owning certain types of attacking breeds. Our accident injury lawyer available 24×7 can begin working on your case immediately.
If you, your family or a friend has been injured in an accident, please feel free to speak to one of our injury lawyers for a free consultation about how we are able to assist in making a personal injury claim. We consult in all cities across Ontario with a no win no fee guarantee. Our personal injury lawyers have helped victims secure millions of dollars in personal injury cases. Call us Toll Free On our 24/7 Injury Hotline: 1 – 844 495 7333 or Text a Personal Injury Lawyer 24/7 and get instant help.TM (416 807 3486)
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