My son was walking the dog and he bit someone. I don't know the extent of her injury. will she sue me? and what is my

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Customer: My son was walking the dog and he bit someone. I don't know the extent of her injury. will she sue me? and what is my legal position?
JA: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: Ontario Canada
JA: Has anything been filed? If so, what?
Customer: just animal control has been notified
JA: Is there anything else the Lawyer should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: no
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Hi, my name is***** am sorry to hear about your troubles and I would be happy to assist you. Before we begin, please note that this discussion is for providing general information only, it is not detailed or necessary specific legal advice, and it is only for the purpose of helping you understand the nature of your situation from a legal standpoint and to discuss options. You should engage a lawyer/paralegal in your local jurisdiction if you wish to take any legal action going forward.

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She may be able to sue you. In Ontario, the dog's owner is responsible for the damages caused by the dog. This is according to the Dog Owner's Liability Act.

It is difficult to say without the extent of her damages, it may not be worth it for her to sue.

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Im not sure of the extent of her injury. She reported the incident to animal control. That is why I'm assuming she would sue. The dog bit her in the arm
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Just because she called animal control it does not mean she will sue. If she lost wages, is unable to work or drive, any damages flowing from that will be legal exposure for the dog owner.

I would highly recommend you make nice with this individual immediately to dissuade them. It could potentially get expensive if this person works with their hands and they are unable to use it due to the dog bite.

Customer
I know insurance company will deal with it if the incident happens in your home. What should i do in the current situation. The incident happened in the street. I'm not sure i can afford such suit case. Im a student and have no source of income yet
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ToLawyer, Expert

Your home insurance may cover dog bites, you need to call your insurance provider. It is a common add-on.

Customer
Even if the incident happened outside on the walkway
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ToLawyer, Expert

Correct. You do not need to be in your home necessarily for your home insurance to apply.

Customer
I will contact animal control. To know the extent of the injury. I will contact you tomorrow. Thanks
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Sounds good. Hope that was helpful.
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Thanks
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You are very welcome.
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