Dog Bites and Attacks
The Dog Owners’ Liability Act imposes strict liability on dog owners for the actions of their dogs. This means that if the dog is found to have caused harm through an “attack” (a term that is broadly defined by the Act), the owner will be held responsible for any damages – regardless of whether they were cautious, took reasonable steps to prevent the incident, or knew that the dog might have a propensity to attack.
In addition, if the dog is found to be a menace to the safety of persons or domestic animals, the Court can impose “measures for more effective control” which may include confinement to the owner’s property, leash or muzzle requirements, and/or an order to post warning signs. The Court may order to have the dog destroyed and prohibit the dog’s owner from owning another dog during a specified period of time.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite or attack, contact us to speak about the available remedies and how you can be compensated for, not only your physical injuries, but for the emotional or psychological effects of the attack as well.