Get Legal Help With A Top Bridgeport Dog Bite Attorney
If you have been bitten, attacked, or otherwise injured by a dog in Bridgeport, you may be entitled to compensation under Illinois dog bite law. The Bridgeport dog bite attorneys at Michael T. Friedman & Associates PC have successfully won compensation for victims who have suffered serious injuries in dog bite incidents. There are time limitations to recover compensation for your injuries, so you should act quickly and contact our office today for a free case evaluation.
Illinois Dog Bite Law
Illinois dog bite laws (510 ILCS 5/16 Section 16) are stated quite clearly. They say that if a dog bites someone, the owner of the dog is completely responsible and liable for all damages and injuries that a victim sustains. This is because Illinois is a strict liability state, as opposed to other states that allow the dog owner the “One Bite Rule.” The One Bite Rule says that after a dog has bitten someone once, the owner is aware that the dog can be dangerous and thus is responsible for any future bites. In Illinois, strict liability means that the owner does not have to be aware that their dog is potentially dangerous, but rather by owning a dog, the owner is responsible for its behavior.
Two Vital Factors
In order to win a dog bite case, two vital factors must be in place. First, you cannot have provoked the dog before you were bitten. If it can be said that you provoked the dog, you will likely lose your dog bite claim. Similarly, you must be able to say that you were lawfully on the property when you were bitten by the dog. If the owner of the dog can say that you had no legal business to be on his property, you could lose your dog bite claim.
Two Sides to Every Story
Of course, in civil lawsuits, there are always two sides to every story. If you can bring witnesses that observed the dog bite incident, it could strengthen your case tremendously. In some cases, a defendant may present a defense to your dog bite claim; for example, you may find that the owner is trying to claim that you either trespassed or provoked their dog. You never know what people will do if their financial livelihood is on the line. If witnesses are available, however, you can prove that the dog owner is not telling the truth and will have a better chance of winning your case and the compensation you are entitled to.
Have You Been Bit By a Dog in Bridgeport?
If you have been bit by a dog in Bridgeport, you are going to want to hire an experienced Bridgeport dog bite attorney who knows how to win dog bite cases.
Contact Michael T. Friedman & Associates PC at 312-339-8816 to discuss the details of your case. We offer a free consultation to dog bite victims of Bridgeport, so you have nothing to lose.