Personal Injury Claims Involving Dog Bites.

In the case of a dog bite, negligence has to be proven.

We’re not looking at the dog’s behaviour, we are looking at the human’s behaviour. There has to be negligence on the part of the pet owner or whoever is responsible for the pet, and we have to show that a lack of responsibility contributed to that dog bite situation.

However, we always talk about “one free bite”. This means that if your dog has never bitten anybody before, and you have no reason to believe that it would, but the dog bites somebody, how can you be negligent? You didn’t really do anything wrong because you had no idea that you needed to control your dog. If your dog has bitten somebody in the past, then you know that you have a dog that is potentially a danger. You must do certain things to control its behavior and protect people from it.

It’s just like any other situation. As the owner, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your property is safe. If you invite people onto your premises for a party, for instance, and there’s a possibility your dog may bite them, then it’s your responsibility to make sure it doesn’t. But if somebody does get bitten, and if your dog has never given any trouble before, then they probably have no claim.

If you, or someone you care about, is dealing with Personal injury law issues in the Vancouver, British Columbia Region, contact Stephens & Holman.

This article is taken from a December 2, 2008 interview with Simon Holman, LL.B., Personal Injury Lawyer with Stephens & Holman in Vancouver , a Personal Injury Law Firm.

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