Toronto Dog Bites and Animal Attack Lawyers
We’re committed to helping you get the best possible outcome
Victims of animal bites and attacks often face tremendous physical and psychological challenges on their road to recovery. Whether you have been bitten by a dog or were attacked by another type of animal, seeking legal advice will help you understand your rights. Smitiuch Injury Law can help.
Our team of personal injury lawyers recognize how difficult it can be to navigate the aftermath of an animal attack. It can affect victims physically, emotionally and financially. We are committed to helping our clients by providing them with practical legal advice and offering them compassionate support at every stage.
Experienced legal support for animal attack victims
The province of Ontario holds dog owners to a principle of strict liability under The Dog Owners’ Liability Act (DOLA). This means that if a dog bites or attacks a person or other domestic animal, the dog’s owner is automatically considered liable for their pet’s actions. It is important to note that even if the owner claims that their dog was behaving out of character or had no previous instances of aggression, they will still be held responsible. In instances where it is determined that the victim may have provoked the animal, damages paid may be reduced.
At Smitiuch Injury Law, we endeavor to seek the highest possible compensation owed to victims of dog bites and animal attacks. We are committed to providing personalized guidance to clients suffering from seemingly minor injuries to life-changing traumas including:
- Cuts and bruises
- Permanent scarring
- Broken and fractured bones
- Serious facial injuries including disfigurement
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Anxiety, depression, and panic attacks
Recovering compensation after an attack can be complicated. Insurance companies can challenge your claim. There are many tactics they use to try to limit compensation. They may question the extent of your injuries. Or they may argue that you provoked the attack somehow (for example, by trespassing on the owner’s property.)
Comprehensive legal representation you can count on
Our personal injury lawyers believe in taking a collaborative approach to defending animal bite victims. We work closely alongside industry experts including investigators and healthcare professionals to ensure that you get the support that you need. Our legal team gathers evidence and reviews documentation, such as police reports and medical records.
We’ve been helping clients since our founding in 2001, and insurance companies know who we are. That’s because we build strong cases that get results – and we have proved that we are not afraid to fight for our clients at trial.
That’s one of the main reasons insurance companies often agree to negotiate a settlement rather than face us in court. We’re not interested in making a quick deal that helps them save money. We are only interested in a resolution of your case that meets your needs.
Find out how we can help you by meeting with one of our personal injury lawyers. Contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation at our Toronto, Brantford or Simcoe office. If you can’t come to us, that’s OK. We can meet you at your home, in your hospital room or anywhere that is convenient for you.