London Injury Lawyer for Dog Bite Claim

Dog bites and dog attack cases need aggressive lawyers to handle these sort of cases. Dog bites and dog attacks can leave people emotionally and physically scared. While dogs are supposed to be man’s best friend, if they are not trained well or not properly cared for, they can quickly turn on you. Dog owners need to held accountable for the actions of their dogs. Goldfinger Personal Injury Law has the dog bite owners who know the law and who know how to keep dog owners accountable for the action of their pets.

Note - Dog attacks should immediately be reported to the Municipality's Animal Control Services branch so they may conduct their own investigation. Some dogs have a history of attacks or disease which need to be recorded by Animal Control.

There are special laws and cases in Ontario dealing with dog bites and dog attacks. Ontario’s provincial government passed the Dog Owners' Liability Act which is designed specifically for dog ownership and the liability of dog owners. The Dog Owners' Liability Act is commonly known as “DOLA”. DOLA sets the framework that the dog owner is responsible for the actions of their dog. The owner of the dog will take on responsibility for its dog’s actions irrespective of some of the circumstances surrounding the dog bite of the dog attack.

There are also special government agencies which investigate dog bite and dog attack cases. Municipalities have Animal Control Agencies which may conduct their own investigations. Some dogs have histories of diseases or aggressive behaviour which need to be monitored by Animal Control.

If you have been bitten by a dog, it’s important that you attend at your local hospital to make sure that you have not contracted any disease, and to ensure that you get the treatment which you need so that your wounds heal well. When left untreated, dog bites can leave serious scars which may become permanent and unsightly. These wounds will remind you of the attack. Your friends, colleagues or acquaintances may ask you where you got the scars which may be embarrassing and which may remind you of the dog attack as well.

There has been a lot of attention of late regarding the safety of pit bulls. Pit bulls historically have been known to be an aggressive breed and to have caused many dog bites. But it doesn’t matter the breed of dog which attacks. All dog bites can leave nasty scars to the skin. Please make sure that your dog is leashed, muzzled as required by the law and properly trained.

We have even been featured in the Globe and Mail in dog bite case:

Dog Bite Personal InjuryMan charged in fatal pit-bull attack on dog - Conviction could lead to $90,000 fine or 18 months in jail, Animal Control says; owner of mauled pet also suing for $1-million.


February 16, 2008

An Etobicoke man will appear in court next week on charges that his three pit bulls killed a woman's dog last year.

"I miss him so much," Zelda Carruthers, 62, said of her dog Simba. "He was like my child. He was really my only companion."

Her neighbour Mike Matuszewski, 19, has been charged under the Dog Owner's Liability Act with three separate offences for each of his pit bulls, including failing to keep a pit bull muzzled and leashed in a public place.

The dogs are in the custody of Toronto Animal Control. The court hearing will take place on Tuesday.

Dog owners can be fined up to $10,000 or be jailed for up to six months if they are found to be violating any part of the act, explained Wendy Raike, a supervisor with Animal Control.

"In this case, because of the number of charges, the accused could be made to pay as much as $90,000 and/or face 18 months in jail," Ms. Raike said. "That isn't likely to happen, but it's up to the courts."

Ms. Carruthers is pursuing a lawsuit against Mr. Matuszewski and his family. Her lawyer, Brian Goldfinger, is seeking $1-million in damages for his client. He claims Ms. Carruthers has been unable to work or function normally since the alleged attack.

"This was her therapy dog. He meant so much to her," Mr. Goldfinger said. A statement of claim prepared by Mr. Goldfinger says that on May 27, 2007, Ms. Carruthers was walking her American Eskimo dog near her apartment complex in Etobicoke.

As they came around a high hedge of bushes, they encountered the three pit bulls owned by Mr. Matuszewski. According to the statement, the dogs were not muzzled or leashed.
The three pit bulls then "launched a vicious and unprovoked attack on Ms. Carruthers and Simba, causing them ... injuries, ultimately resulting in Simba's death," the document says.

Ms. Carruthers was treated in hospital for minor injuries. Her dog was rushed to an emergency animal clinic in Oakville, where vets were forced to euthanize it.

Mr. Matuszewski moved out of the Lincoln Tower apartments on the West Mall last December and was unavailable for comment.

Pit bulls have been banned in Ontario since November, 2005. However, dogs that were in the province before the ban may be kept, provided the owner has them sterilized. They must be leashed and muzzled at all times when in public.