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.
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.
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
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.