Dog Bites Can Cause Serious Injuries
Every year, thousands of pets find forever homes in Illinois. However, some of these animals may not be suitable as pets and can pose safety threats to children and local communities. This can result in animal attacks, and the need to consult with a Chicago dog bite lawyer.
Who is Accountable for a Dog Bite Injury?
Under the Illinois Animal Control Act, if you sustain an injury in an attack by a dog or other animal, you may have a claim against the owner.
These types of injuries can lead to:
- Costly medical attention, sometimes requiring surgery
- Prescription pain medication
- Lost income while recovering
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement
Illinois law holds animal owners strictly liable if their pet attacks another person, unless the attack was provoked. A dog attack victim does not need to show that the 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 there is an attack by a dog or other animal while the dog is under the control 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.
Recovering Financially for Your Dog Bite Injury
Often victims of dog attacks can recover against the homeowner’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 an injury, 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. Therefore, 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 to take in these cases and we are ready to fight on your behalf.
Abels & Annes Dog Bite Settlements
The following are just a few of our dog bite settlements:
$250,000 for a client that injured his shoulder when, while being chased by a large dog, he jumped over a fence and hit the ground hard.
$112,000 for a dog bite victim that was injured by a loose dog, causing a fracture and an infection to her wrist. She required surgical repair of the broken wrist.
$86,000 for a boy in Lake County, Illinois that was bitten in by a small dog in the face. He has minor scarring that has been fading over time.
$38,500 for a woman who was helping her neighbor catch a loose dog when the pet bit her arm, resulting in three tooth puncture wounds and a trip to the emergency room.
Our Chicago dog attack attorneys currently have several cases pending at this time.
Injured in a Chicago Dog Attack?
If you or a family member suffers an injury in a dog or other animal attack, contact the police and local animal control immediately. Also, seek appropriate medical attention, as some animals carry diseases such as rabies. Further, 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 sustain serious injury in an animal attack, you may need to see a plastic surgeon for an evaluation. 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 favors dog bite claimants. However, making an effective injury claim requires the hands-on assistance from a proven, aggressive, and thorough dog bite attorney in Chicago. At Abels & Annes, P.C., our attorneys work on many types of accident and personal injury cases. If we take your case, we determine the most strategic way to move your claim forward. An attorney is standing by now to take your call at (312) 924-7575. We offer free consultations and there is no fee unless you win your case.
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