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Can I Claim Compensation For a Dog Bite Injury in Illinois?

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chicago dog bite lawyerFor tens of thousands of years, humans have had canine companions by their sides, as both working animals and faithful family members. According to the American Veterinary Association (AVA), dogs are the most popular choice as pets. They estimate there to be around 85 million dogs in the United States, with 38 percent of households owning at least one dog. Dogs make great family pets, but It is important to remember that dogs are animals and can sometimes resort to their instincts and bite if they feel threatened. Dog bites can sometimes result in serious injuries and unexpected medical costs, but you may be able to file a personal injury claim to recuperate some of the costs.

Liability for Dog Bites in Illinois

According to the Illinois Animal Control Act, dog owners are responsible for the damages that their dog causes if the dog, without provocation, bites a person while they are in a place that they are lawfully allowed to be in. This is called “strict liability” and would hold an owner responsible for a bite. However, you may not be able to claim compensation if the owner can claim that you provoked the dog or that you were not lawfully present at the location.

Types of Dog Bite Injuries

Dog bites are much more common than you would think. According to the AVA, more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the United States, with Illinois being one of the top 10 states with the highest number of dog bites. Dog bite injuries can range from relatively minor and treatable at home to rather severe and requiring attention from a medical professional.

Some of the most common types of injuries that stem from dog bites include:

  • Broken bones

  • Nerve damage

  • Muscle or other soft tissue damage

  • Lacerations

  • Puncture wounds

  • Infections, such as tetanus, rabies, or staphylococcus

Contact Our Chicago, IL Dog Bite Injury Lawyer

Dog bites can lead to a variety of serious injuries and account for millions of emergency room visits each year. If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog and injured, the Livas Law Group is here for you. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago, IL dog bite injury attorneys, call our office today at 312-804-6102.

 Sources:

https://www.avma.org/sites/default/files/2021-04/mcm-dog-bite-prevention-week-2021-infographic-v3.pdf

https://www.healthline.com/health/dog-bite-treatment#complications

 https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=1704

 

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