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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.

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