Animal bites, particularly dog bites, can be a traumatic ordeal for a young victim. Statistics reveal that the most common victims of animal bites are children under 11 years old. Every year in the United States, more than 4.7 million people suffer dog bites. The aftermath of a dog bite can leave victims with scarring, disfigurement and terror of dogs that lasts their lifetime.
At Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd., we focus on providing our case with the personal attention it deserves. We highly value our connections with our clients and know that our approach will benefit you as well as your dog bite claim.
Illinois Dog Bite Law
The state of Illinois implements “strict liability” for dog bites and other animal attacks. That means a dog bite victim does not have to prove that the dog owner was negligent, only that he or she was injured without provoking the animal. If these can be established, the owner of the vicious animal can be held responsible for compensating you for medical bills and emotional damages resulting from the attack.
Your Rights as the Attack Victim
The Illinois dog bite law specifies an animal that “attacks, attempts to attack or injures" a victim. So even if you were injured but not bitten by an animal, you still have rights and can file a claim. For example, if a disobedient or ferocious dog jumps on you and you fall and become injured, the dog owner could be held liable. Your injuries could range from a sprain to a brain injury.
If found responsible, the dog owner could be held liable for your:
- Medical bills (past and future)
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages (and the inability to earn future wages)
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
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Types of Dog Bite Injuries
Dogs are strong animals, using their teeth and jaws to rip apart food and flesh. This can cause severe injuries, significant blood loss and nerve damage. Dogs are prone to bite children because of their small size, and will often attack a child’s face, neck and head. Injuries could include:
- Severe lacerations and puncture wounds
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Emotional pain and suffering
- Post traumatic stress disorder
- Fractures and broken bones
If you or a loved one suffered a dog bite in the Chicago area, please call or email the personal injury attorneys at Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. We offer free consultations and charge no fee unless we collect money for you.
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