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Dog Bite Lawyer - Injury Compensation

LAWYER HELPLINE: 855 804 7125

If you are the innocent victim of a dog attack in Canada then you may be able to recover compensation. The legal rights of a dog bite victim depend on where the attack happened and the circumstances of the attack. If you are the innocent victim of an attack then you may be able to recover compensation using a contingency fee arrangement which means that if your dog bite lawyer doesn't succeed in getting a settlement for you then he won't get paid his legal fees. For advice on the law in Canada without cost and without obligation from a dog bite lawyer just call the helpline or complete the contact form or email our offices. A specialist personal injury lawyer will telephone you immediately to discuss your compensation claim. There are some exceptions to the general rule on liability.


There are exceptions to the general rules on legal liability and expert advice from a dog bite lawyer is essential. Just some of the exceptions to the general rules are as follows :-


To succeed in a legal claim it is usually necessary for a dog bite lawyer to prove at least the following :-


The legal liability for compensation following a dog bite is determined by "common law" or by specific statutes. It is essential that expert advice is sought from an experienced local specialist dog bite lawyer to ensure that legal liability is established.

The term "common law" refers to the opinions and decisions of judges following consideration of cases heard by them and has developed over hundreds of years. Common law generally indicates strict liability against a dog owner where the owner has knowledge or ought to have knowledge that the animal has a vicious, dangerous or mischievous trait or propensity. For the owner be held liable under common law it must be shown that the animal is dangerous and that the owner had or should have had knowledge of the trait or propensity. If victim's dog bite lawyer proves these two elements then the pet owner is strictly liable. The doctrine of negligence which can also be used to establish liability has also been developed in the common law. Negligence is the doing of something which a reasonably prudent person would not do, or the failure to do something which a reasonably prudent person would do and is the failure to use reasonable care. If negligence is established by the victims dog bite lawyer then the owner will usually be liable to pay compensation.

Assumption of Risk

The defence of assumption of the risk is available in strict liability claims and applies to trespassers, subject to certain exceptions for infants, those involved in voluntarily providing canine services including veterinarians and those who wilfully tease or provoke an animal into violence.


A dog bite settlement is payable for injury and loss by the owner or person in control of the animal at the time the violent assault. Realistically the majority of compensation claims are paid out by insurers under either specific pet policies or under household policies which contain cover for liability for damage and injury caused by domestic animals. Where there is no insurance cover it is frequently difficult to obtain a dog bite settlement as the owner of the dog is often impecunious and unable to pay although strictly speaking they remain personally liable for any awards of damages made against them. Unless there is some evidence that the uninsured owner has assets which can be used to satisfy any judgement it would not be advisable to take action because of the real likelihood of failing too recover either compensation or the legal costs expended by a dog bite lawyer using a contingency fee arrangement.

Dog Bite Lawyers - Compensation Awards

If you have been injured and liability can be established then you are entitled to be compensated for all the losses that you have suffered. You are entitled to a dog bite settlement for the pain and suffering that you have gone through as a result of the injury and compensation should also include past and future medical costs and past and future wage losses together with any detrimental change in lifestyle and compensation for any losses of personal property.

How much compensation an injured person will receive in a dog bite settlement depends on the extent and severity of the injury, the treatment, the amount of permanent or residual damage, the effect on lifestyle and the ability to work. Lawyers separate compensation into two categories which are General Damages and Special Damages :-

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Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs

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