Animal Attacks

The most common animal attacks are dog-bite or dog jump-up or dog knock-down cases but there are a variety of other types of attacks that involve domestic pets or exotic pets, wild animals, zoo animals, livestock and barn yard animals.

In most cases of animal attacks, the animals themselves are using their natural instincts and reacting to a particular situation. These attacks can cause serious personal injury, disfigurement, scarring, pain, suffering, and psychological trauma and even fatal injuries. The risk of injury is particularly high for small children and elderly people who are more frail and vulnerable, especially if the size of the animal is large as these people are easily in danger of being knocked off their feet, suffering a back, spine or head injury.

Animal owners have a responsibility to make sure their animal is secure and in no way a danger to anyone else around them. If the animal has a known history or tendency to attack, in some cases, the owner may have an added obligation to make others aware of the possible dangers and to proactively manage the risk such as putting the animal into obedience training.

In Ontario, the law holds owners responsible for injuries caused by their animals. These owners are liable to pay compensation for injuries and losses which the animal causes. Normally the owner’s homeowner or tenant insurance policy will pay the compensation to a victim making a claim. Injured victims of animal attacks are entitled to recover for all of their losses, including pain and suffering, past and future lost income, extraordinary future health care, home maintenance costs and their out of pocket expenses. Because of the nature of these types of attacks, the victims often suffer very serious injuries which may include expensive multiple plastic surgeries to correct scars left from the animal attack.

Verma Injury Lawyers have extensive experience representing animal attack victims. We can assess your claim to determine your losses, level of potential compensation and who should be held responsible.