Chicago Dog Bite Lawyers
Animal Owners Can be Held Liable for Damages, Regardless of Negligence
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., our Chicago dog bite lawyersfocus 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 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 this 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.
If found responsible, the dog owner could be held liable for your:
- Medical bills (past and future)
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Lost wages (and the inability to earn future wages)
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 (PTSD)
- 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.
What to Do After a Dog Bite
When you or a loved one suffers a dog bite, there are steps you will need to take to ensure your physical safety and protect your rights. Tending to the wound immediately is often necessary to stop bleeding.
When possible, you should also try to:
- Get the contact information of any witnesses
- Contact animal control to report the incident
- Take pictures of the wounds
- Get the name, address, and phone number of the animal’s owner
If your dog bite is serious or life-threatening, you need to contact 911 for emergency medical assistance.
As soon as possible after a dog bite, you will want to see a doctor. There are pathogens in animal saliva that can lead to infection and some dogs are actively carrying diseases, such as rabies. You may require shots or other medical treatment to help guard against serious injury or even death.
Once you have taken care of the bite itself, you will need a dog bite lawyer on your side.
You Need a Chicago Dog Bite Lawyer
In the state of Illinois, dog bites are a “strict liability” issue, but this does not mean that compensation is guaranteed. In fact, even though a dog’s owner can be held liable for your injuries, it is unlikely that you will ever receive compensation without the help of an injury attorney.
Dog bite lawsuits are often touchy for victims as they involve neighbors, friends, or even relatives. Insurance companies that cover dog bites know this and are not above exploiting your vulnerability to cheat you out of what you are due. Our attorneys know the tricks insurance companies will use to minimize settlements. We can deal with these companies, fight for your rights, and help you get proper compensation.
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