Chilliwack Dog Bite Lawyer
B.C.’s “Dangerous Dog” law enacted on August 30, 2000, recognizes that any dog can be a danger to society. It doesn’t take a previous bite incident for a dog to be deemed “dangerous.” While a dog who has a history of biting or killing can be deemed dangerous, a dog can also be deemed “likely to kill or seriously injure a person” if the dog shows signs of aggression, such as growling, nipping, or fiercely guarding its food and toys.
If a dog has attacked you or a loved one in Chilliwack, contact a personal injury lawyer at Preszler Injury Lawyers to explore your legal options. We offer free consultations and require no upfront fees. You only pay for legal services if we secure money on your behalf.
Dog Owner Liability in Chilliwack
Dog owners are expected to take reasonable steps to ensure that their pets are properly cared for, including:
- Talking with a veterinarian for advice and medical interventions if the dog displays aggression.
- Consulting with a reputable dog trainer or behavioural specialist to train the dog.
- Socializing young dogs in a puppy training course and playgroup settings, if possible.
- Having the dog spayed or neutered.
- Securing the dog in a fenced-in yard, on a strong tether, or in a locked enclosure within the home.
- Marking the property with clearly visible signage warning that a potentially dangerous dog is present.
- Ensuring that children are never left unattended with a dog.
- Following leash laws, and, if appropriate, muzzling a dog in a public space.
- Taking care to keep the dog away from other pedestrians and pets.
- Choosing euthanasia if it is determined, there is no way to control the dog’s risk of injury to others.
If a dog has attacked you, our team of Chilliwack dog bite lawyers can help you establish the facts surrounding what happened, prove liability, and fight for maximum compensation to cover your medical expenses and lost wages, as well as pain and suffering. Many dog bite victims live with scars and PTSD for the rest of their lives, which should be compensated for in some measure.
What If the Dog Owner Is A Friend?
Sometimes the dog that attacks you belongs to a friend, neighbour, or relative, and you don’t want to devastate them financially. It is important to consider that all dog owners are required to carry homeowner’s or renter’s insurance. If you were working on the owner’s property at the time of the attack, your injuries might be covered through a workers’ compensation claim. Before you liquidate your savings to cover medical bills and lost wages from the attack, it is always wise to consult with our team of Chilliwack dog bite lawyers to understand your full range of options.
After all, the average cost of a dog bite claim now exceeds $19,000. You are under no obligation to sue the owner, but you will at least know what is possible and where you might find financial recompense for your loss and suffering.
Contact us today for a free consultation. We’re standing by– ready to advocate for you.