Justice After Attack

The Ontario Superior Court released its decision in Zantingh et al v. Jerry case involving a dog bite of a little girl. The court thoroughly reviewed the law in dog bite cases. Justice Leach awarded $60,000 to the minor plaintiff in general damages for “noticeable, pronounced and obviously disfiguring scars”. This case is also important for the individuals who look after the children who have suffered dog bites. The Judge reviewed the issue of contributory negligence of a caregiver looking after the child of tender years. No contributory negligence was found on the part of the caregiver. The Judge awarded damages to the parents and sibling of the minor.