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Dog Bite Lecture Series


(by Marc-Nicholas Quinn, Lawyer, Mediator, Law Lecturer and Author)


Dog Bites and Attacks

Dog bites and attacks can cause permanent injuries and even cause death. Death can occur as a result of blood loss, serious lacerations and infection. One can suffer man types of injuries from a dog bite / dog attack, including, abrasions, puncture wounds, tissue damage, nerve damage, tendon damage, lacerations, fractures, strains, sprains, disability, deformity, scarring, disfigurement and infections such as rabies and cellulitis infections.

If you are a victim of a dog bite injury, you need to be assessed and treated by a qualified medical practitioner to ensure that the damage is not more serious that it may appear. You should be particularly examined for infections, fractures and nerve damage.

Not only can dog bite injuries lead to excruciating lacerations and puncture wounds, nerve damage, fractures, serious infections, disability, and deformity, but death is a viable option as well.

If you have been attacked by a dog or bitten by a dog, we can assist you. We are dog liability experts and work on a no fee unless you win basis. Our consultations are free and we are happy to answer any of your questions. Ottawa Dog Bite Lawyers - 613-315-4878. Ask for Marc-Nicholas Quinn, Lawyer, Mediator, Law Instructor


Dog Bites and Related Personal Injury Issues

Dogs can attack and cause serious personal injury. Other animals can also cause injury and bites from many animals can prove dangerous if not medically treated right away.

Dogs attack because of various reasons. You should not leave your children unsupervised in the presence of any dog. Children may believe the dog wants to play and misinterpret the behaviour which can cause a dog to attack. Young children can appear as competition and a threat to dogs who will attack o defend territory etc...

The consequences of animal bites and dog attacks can be devastating and cause permanent disability. Minor physical wounds can be treated. However, serious dog attacks can cause permanent psychological damage, especially in children. Dog bites can often cause infections and rabies. Medical treatment should always be sought after a dog attack, regardless of how serious or non serious the injuries may at first appear. An animal bite may not appear to be threatening to life. However, if you leave it untreated, it can lead to serious infection. Infections can cause death.

Always report a dog attack or bite to the local police and local animal control department. You should also contact the health department to check for any possibility of rabies.

If you have been attacked by a dog or bitten by a dog, contact us for a free consultation. We are dog liability experts. We work on a No Fee Until You Win Basis. Ottawa dog bite lawyers - Ottawa personal injury lawyers. 613-315-4878.


More Information on Dog Bites and Damages - Following Dog Bite Lawyer’s Series on Dogs and Personal Injury

While dogs are considered man's best friend, they are also capable of causing serious and permanent injury if they bite or attack, especially if the bite or attack involves children. Dogs provide companionship, security and a source of friendship which are all positive attributes. However, when dogs attack, the consequences can be devastating. Dogs are animals and have to be treated as such. They are capable of changing their behaviour in an instant and if challenged, angered or without provocation at all, they can attack. What actually sets off a dog to attack and/or to bite is limitless.

At Plant Quinn Thiele Mineault Grodzki PC, LLP, we see many cases of dog attacks which were unpredictable. They can occur anywhere. They can occur with dogs, at large, on leashes or even tied to a post. If a dog can reach you, they can attack and bite. Some attacks occur at home, others at friends homes and in other cases in the streets, parks and in stores.

If you have suffered injuries from a dog bite or dog attack, you are entitled to compensation. In Ontario, the law is clear - if you are injured by a dog, you get compensated - it is that simple. The issue is really only the amount of compensation, not if compensation will be paid. Dog bites and attacks are considered a special form of negligence called “strict” liability torts, which protect victims. In addition, a person injured by a dog may also seek compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation legislation. Not only are dog owners responsible for injuries caused by their dog, land owners who allow dogs of others on their property can also be held liable under usual negligence principles such as the Ontario Residential Tenancies Act and the Occupier’s Liability Act. The only exception to the usual rules of dogs and liability are cases involving being injured by a dog while committing an illegal act or where the dog was provoked significantly and purposely. If you have purposely provoked a dog to become angry and it attacks you, the dog owner will not be necessarily, but will likely still be partially, responsible for the damage or injury caused by the dog.

The owner of a dog must take care to protect others from their dog or they will be held liable for the damages which the dog has inflicted, including damage to the person or to property. Dog owners can be held liable for any type of damages. There is no limit on what types of damages you can claim if injured by a dog. You may seek general damages for pain and suffering, special damages such as loss of income, recovery of expenses such as medical expenses, out of pocket expenses, travel expenses, counselling costs, etc... and the list goes on.

If you have been injured by a dog, you would be well served to obtain information from one of our dog bite lawyers. We are experts on dog bite cases. With the right knowledge, you can create options or yourself and decide if you want to pursue a claim for compensation as a result of a dog bite or attack. At Quinn Thiele Mineault Grodzki LLP, we provide this legal advice free of charge and if retained to pursue compensation on your behalf, we charge nothing unless we win your case - and, we almost always win!

If you are a victim of a dog bite or dog attack, contact us for a free consultation at 613-315-HURT or 613-315-4878. Marc N. Quinn, Dog Bite Lawyer, Personal Injury Lawyer, Court Connected Mediator, Family Mediator, Law Instructor. Quinn Thiele Mineault Grodzki LLP Law Firm, Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer Network