As an Ontario dog bite and personal injury lawyer, I am often asked whether someone can sue following a dog bite or attack. The answer is yes. In fact, Ontario has legislation, known as In Ontario, the Dog Owners Liability Act R.S.O. 1990, c. D.16, which makes the owner of a dog liable for damages resulting from a dog bite or attack by the dog on another person or domestic animal.
Also, in Ontario the owner of the dog is responsible for a dog bite regardless of the dog was vicious or had any propensity to bite or attack. As such, the owner will be responsible for your injuries and losses even if the dog was usually quite gentle and had never shown any sign of aggression.
Most dog bite injuries in Ontario will be covered by homeowner insurance policies. As such, the dog owner will not usually have to pay you anything out of their own pocket, as it will be paid by their insurance company.
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If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a dog bite or other animal attack, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. To learn more,contact Iacobelli Law Firm for a complimentary consultation with a Toronto and York Region Dog Bite Injury Lawyer.
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York Region Personal Injury Lawyer for Woodbridge, Aurora, Keswick, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Markham, Brampton, Barrie, Toronto discusses Ontario Dog Owners Liability
In Ontario if a dog bites someone, its owner is "strictly liable" under the Dog Owners’ Liability Act (R.S.O. 1990, Chapter D.16). Under this law, the person who suffered the damage does not have to prove that the dog’s owner was negligent. An owner is liable even if the owner did not have any knowledge of the dog’s propensity for biting people. All that must be shown under the legislation is that the dog bit or attacked someone, and the owner is automatically liable for the incident.