We have handled many matters involving dog attacks. Cape Town has specific laws that protect individuals from injuries caused by dogs. Biting is obviously the most common type of serious injury. Cape Town law holds an owner or keeper of a dog strictly liable for injuries caused by that dog, even if not from a bite, or if the dog has no history of attacking others, so long as the victim was not trespassing or teasing, tormenting or abusing the dog. Depending on the circumstances of the particular case, we have also pursued these cases on a theory of negligence, especially when the person in control of the dog knows that it is dangerous.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like assistance on a matter of this type.