Dog bites are traumatic– both physically and psychologically. In fact, children are often dog bite victims, and plastic surgery may be necessary to minimize scarring or disfigurement. Any dog bite victim may experience extreme, even lifelong, stress from the injury.
Our dog bite law firm can help victims of canine attacks. We will thoroughly investigate your claim and advise you of your options.
Breeds with highest bite injury rates
Any dog can bite. Some small dogs, such as Chihuahuas, are often nippy. However, certain breeds are far more likely to bite or maul and cause serious harm. According to the American Animal Hospital Association, the most dangerous dogs are:
In general, dogs weighing between 66 and 100 pounds, with wide, short heads, were most likely to bite, according to the study. Large dogs are also more likely to knock a victim down, resulting in additional injuries from the fall.
Dog bite injuries
A serious dog bite may result in damage to the soft tissues, muscles, and nerves. Even less severe bites can cause life-threatening infections. In some cases, amputation of badly mangled body parts, including the nose and ears, is required. Dog bite victims may have to undergo various corrective surgeries but scarring and disfigurement are still common.
Dog owner liability
In assessing liability, the first step is establishing ownership of the animal. Unfortunately, if a stray bites someone and the owner is never found, it is impossible to file a claim. Once the dog’s ownership is established, however, you can file a claim under the doctrine of Scienter—if the dog has previously shown aggression, and the owner knows it. However, under current law, each dog can get away with “one free bite” if the animal has never posed a threat.
If the dog bit you while you were on the owner’s property, you might file a claim under the Occupier’s Liability Act. Under the OLA, pet owners are responsible for their animals on their property. A third option involves a negligence claim, as the owner should have known the dog was a danger and did not take preventive measures.
Contact our Preszler team of Kelowna dog bite lawyers
If you or a family member were the victims of a dog attack, turn to a Kelowna personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. This is not a situation you should handle on your own, especially if the dog owner is someone you know. We realize this can be sensitive. Call us today or contact us online to arrange a free consultation. Since we work on a contingency basis, there is never a fee unless we win.