When you or a loved one suffers a dog bite, there are steps you will need to take to both ensure your physical safety and protect your rights. Of course, tending to the wound immediately is often necessary to stop bleeding, but when possible, you should also try to:
- Get the name, address, and phone number of the animal’s owner
- Get the contact information of any witnesses
- Contact animal control to report the incident
- Take pictures of the wounds
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 held 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. Please call 312-800-0000 today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Chicago dog bite attorney at Harvey L. Walner & Associates.
You Need an Attorney
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 Illinois injury 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.
If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, please contact Harvey L. Walner & Associates today to schedule a free consultation with a dedicated Chicago dog bite attorney.