Being attacked and bitten by a dog is a terrible and often times traumatic experience that can result in mild to serious physical injuries, even disfigurement or life-long conditions, as well as profound emotional distress. In many situations, the victim of a dog bite can sue the owner of the dog for the damages sustained. However, the capacity to file a personal injury claim is based on two key legal regulations.
The “One Bite Rule”
The first regulation is the main law governing compensation for dog bites in British Columbia, known as the “One Bite Rule.” This law stipulates that if the owner of the dog was aware that the dog had the potential to attack or bite—as evidenced by previous growling or lunging behavior—then the owner is liable for the dog’s destructive behavior. The law reasons that the owner of a potentially dangerous dog must take extra precautions to ensure the safety of others—when they don’t, they are liable for any damages caused by the dog.
The second regulation is based on the rule of negligence, which asserts that if a person demonstrates negligence in the supervision of their dog which results in the dog attacking another person, the dog owner is liable for the attack. Prevailing in such a case requires that the dog bite victim proves that the owner was negligent in monitoring their dog—for instance, not leashing the dog in a public space wherein the law requires the dog to be leashed. A gross example of negligence would be the owner not restraining the dog when it moves to attack a victim.
Professional Advice and Representation
If you have been bit by a dog please contact Shawn Samra Law Corporation to discuss your options for filing a personal injury dog bite claim. Dog bites and attacks often result in medical bills, time lost from work, and undue emotional distress—all of which can be reimbursed monetarily by filing a successful personal injury claim.
Seek Medical Attention
Most importantly, if you have sustained a dog bite you should seek medical attention immediately to treat your injuries. Dog bites can result in infections and even rabies if the dog was not properly cared for.
After attending to your medical injuries, contact Shawn Samra Law Corporation for professional and effective legal representation to obtain a monetary reward for your damages. Contact us today for a free consultation!