Animal Attack Injury
It’s easy to imagine how a simple encounter with someone’s pet dog can go horribly wrong. We think of dogs as man’s best friend, and perhaps unthinkingly may approach an apparently friendly animal without realizing that not every dog is friendly. Few things are as frightening as being attacked by a dog unprovoked, and the injuries you sustain can be both severe and traumatizing. Dog owners are responsible for making sure their pets are properly restrained and are also responsible for their behavior when they take them out into public spaces. Ultimately if you’re injured by a dog, the owner can be held liable for any injuries you sustain.
An experienced North York injury law firm like ours has years of experience in handling animal attack cases. We know the best way to approach the owner of the dog and what kind of paperwork you’ll need to make sure you’re properly compensated for your pain and suffering. There are things you can do, however, to make the process a lot less painful on your bank account..
Seek medical attention as soon as possible after the attack, even if you’re convinced that you can treat the injury at home. This not only ensures that your injuries aren’t worse than you imagined, but it creates a chain of documentation that can be used in your account. Your case is no longer a matter of you simply claiming that you were hurt, you have a doctor verifying that your injuries were severe enough that they required medical attention. The sooner you go the better as opposing council can claim the injury came from something else if you wait a week or even a day.
Although most animal attacks involve dog bites, many other animals can also bite and injure a person. Cats, mice, and even birds can cause serious injury with a well-placed swipe at your eyes or a peck on your ear. Owners are responsible for the behaviors of all of their pets, not just dogs.
Wild animals can be a danger as well, especially here in the great white North. Be especially mindful of wild animals when hiking or camping since unlike dogs these animals haven’t gotten any kinds of shots and may carry diseases like rabies. If you see a wild animal don’t provoke it, simply stand still or slowly make your way to safety if possible. And if you are injured, see a medical professional for immediate treatment.