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Dog Bites

Dog bites can be life-altering for those who are attacked, and people bitten by a dog may experience scars that could last the rest of their life. Dog attacks are capable of significant damage to disabling consequences such as serious physical wounds, head and neck injuries, infections or diseases and emotional scars, resulting in serious bodily injury and even death. An incident with a dog can result in emotional trauma such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other related anxiety disorders.

Types of Dog bite Injuries:

  • Cuts and Lacerations
  • Abrasions
  • Crushing Wounds
  • Punctures
  • Fractured Bones
  • Death
  • Can cause fear of dogs

In addition to the external damage, individuals who have been bitten may need to receive treatment for diseases and bacteria such as:

  • Rabies
  • MRSA
  • Tetanus
  • Pasteurella

Dangerous dogs are dogs that are somewhere other than a property owner or custodian’s property and left unattended. Dog owners should make sure that their dogs stay secured on their own property, and dogs that are kept on private property in Illinois are supposed to be kept in an enclosure with a fence that is at least six feet tall to prevent children from entering the area.

In Illinois, dog bite lawsuits are brought under a theory of strict liability. Generally, a dog owner cannot argue that they were unaware of their dog’s aggression or propensity to injure. Even when a dog does not behave aggressively, the owner is accountable if the animal attacks somebody unprovoked.

Under the Animal Control Act Plaintiffs in dog bite cases may also be eligible to recover compensation for non-monetary damages such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, and more.

Fortunately, injured individuals may be able to recover compensation for the damages and injuries they have sustained due to an animal bite. This could include compensation for the costs of medication, treatment and medical care, lost wages and income.

could speak to medical professionals to determine the type of damages a bite victim may be eligible to recover and calculate appropriate compensation for their injuries.

If you were injured by a dog bite, you may be able to sue for compensation. Our lawyers represent people in Chicago and the surrounding areas who have been injured by dogs, whether in the setting of a home, a rescue shelter, or a pet store. Call us at 773.252.9800 or Contact us online for a free consultation

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