Chicago Dog Bite Lawyers
Any dog can bite a victim and cause the victim to be injured. A dog bite can cause a victim to suffer many different types of injury, such as:
- Soft tissue injuries;
- Nerve damage;
- Severe bleeding; and
- Broken bones.
A dog bite can also transfer viruses and bacteria that can make the victim become ill. These can transmit rabies or cause an infection. Additionally, a victim can suffer severe emotional trauma following a dog bite and develop mental health conditions like depression or anxiety.
When a victim experiences financial damages related to a dog bite, he or she can pursue monetary compensation for then through a personal injury claim. Injured victims should be proactive about working with lawyers and filing personal injury claims. In Illinois, the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits is two years from the date of the accident, after which point the victim cannot recover compensation.
A Dog Owners’ Liability for a Victim’s Damages
In Illinois, dog owners are liable for all the damages their dogs inflict on victims, regardless of whether the dogs previously showed signs of aggression or were known to bite. This includes all dog attacks, even attacks that do not involve biting like situations where victims are knocked to the ground and suffer injuries because of a powerful dog’s actions. If the owner did know or should have known that the dog was aggressive and did not take care to restrain it or prevent an attack, the owner may face a Class 2 felony charge.
The only exceptions to this liability are cases where the victim provoked the dog into attacking and cases where the victim was not authorized to be on the property where the bite occurred. For example, a trespasser who is injured by a guard dog is not entitled to recover compensation for his or her damages, but a victim who is attacked by a dog while visiting the dog’s home or while in public is entitled to compensation.
Seeking Compensation for your Dog Bite Damages
Through a dog bite claim, you can seek compensation for the following injury-related damages:
- Your medical expenses;
- Your lost wages due to the injury; and
- Your pain and suffering damages.
Your lawyer can help you obtain and use evidence to support your claim. This evidence can include copies of your medical bills and other bills related to the injury, documentation showing your lost wages, and any other evidence that can demonstrate the severity of the attack like photographs of the accident scene.
Work with an Experienced Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer
If you are currently recovering from an injury sustained in an attack by a dog or another animal, contact our team of experienced personal injury lawyers at Michael T. Friedman & Associates PC to schedule your free consultation with us. We can answer any questions you have about pursuing monetary compensation and help you get started with your personal injury case.