Every year, thousands of pets find much needed homes in Illinois. However, some of these animals may not be suitable as pets and can pose safety threats to children and local communities, which can result in individuals being bitten or attacked by these dogs and the need to consult with a Chicago dog bite lawyer.
Under the Illinois Animal Control Act, if you are injured or attacked by a dog or other animal, you may have a claim against the owner for your dog bite injuries. These types of injuries can require costly medical attention, surgery, pain medication, and cause scarring and disfigurement. Illinois law holds animal owners strictly liable if their pet attacks another person, unless the attack was provoked. An injured person does not need to show that an animal's owner was aware of the animal's dangerous behavior.
The laws of Illinois extend to hold those who harbor animals liable for any injuries the animal causes. This means that if you have been attacked by a dog or other animal while the dog was being controlled by someone other than the owner, you may have a claim. A dog walker, groomer, sitter, veterinarian, or any other person in control of a dog at the time of an attack can be liable for your injuries.
Often victims of dog attacks can recover against the home owner’s or renter’s insurance of the owner of the dog. A financial recovery may include payment for past and future medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, disfigurement/scarring, emotional distress, and any other damages you sustain. The insurance may be available even if the attack happened away from the owner’s home.
Many people do not realize that you can have a claim for injuries you sustain even if a dog does not bite you. If a dog threatens you, chases you, startles you, or in any other way causes you to become injured, you may have a claim even if you are not bitten.
There are state laws governing dog attacks and some counties and towns also have their own laws, so it is important to work with a knowledgeable and experienced dog bite attorney. At Abels & Annes, P.C., we handle dog bite cases. We know the steps that need to be taken in these cases and we are ready to fight on your behalf.
In 2012, our office settled a dog attack case for $250,000. Our client injured his shoulder when, while being chased by large dog, he jumped over a fence and hit the ground hard. In 2013, we filed a lawsuit due to a serious pit bull attack in Chicago. We believe the value of our client’s injuries are substantial.
Injured in a Chicago dog attack?
If you or a family member is bitten or attacked by a dog or other animal, contact the police and local animal control immediately. Also, seek appropriate medical attention, as some animals carry diseases such as rabies. Also, try to write down any ownership information from the animal's tags, but only if you can do so safely.
After our Chicago dog bite lawyers start to work on your claim, one of the first obstacles in this type of case is determining whether the animal owner has insurance for their pet. Unfortunately, sometimes the answer is no.
If you are seriously injured in an animal attack, you may need to be evaluated by a plastic surgeon. This is to determine if the scars are permanent, if surgery would be necessary or helpful, and also determine the approximate cost of surgery to fix dog bite injuries.
Illinois law is favorably predisposed to dog bite claimants, making an effective injury claim requires the hands-on assistance of proven, aggressive, and thorough Chicago dog bite attorney. At Abels & Annes, P.C., our attorneys work on many types of accident and personal injury cases and figure out the most strategic way to move your claim forward. We are standing by now to take your call toll free at (855) LAW-CHICAGO (529-2442) or locally at (312) 924-7575 and the first call is always free.
If you or a family member has been attacked and injured by a dog or other animal, request a Free Case Consultation or call (855) LAW-CHICAGO to speak with a lawyer now.