Holding Owners Liable for Dog Attacks
Dog bites can leave lasting physical and emotional scars. Children are often victims of animal attacks, although people of any age can be affected. If you or someone you love has been bitten by a dog, you may be unsure about where to turn for help. Turn to the Law Offices of Leonard S. Becker.
Since 1992, our firm has helped personal injury victims throughout Chicago and the surrounding areas obtain the compensation they deserve. Understanding the intricate aspects of dog bite injury cases, we provide experienced and skilled legal representation for the injured. Call 312-492-7700 to schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable attorney.
Strict Liability for Dog Bites
In cases involving dog bites and injuries caused by animals, Illinois is a strict liability state. This means that people who have been injured by animals do not need to prove negligence, but only that:
- They were injured by an animal
- The animal was not provoked
If the victim can prove these elements, the owner is responsible for paying for all past and future medical treatment related to the dog attack. This includes rehabilitation and cosmetic surgery to correct any scarring or disfigurement, as well as payment for any lost wages. It is important to note that most homeowners’ insurance policies or other personal liability policies cover dog bite injuries.
Some dog breeds, such as pit bulls and Rottweilers, have a reputation for being dangerous animals. However, any dog has the potential to cause injury. Even if a dog has not previously shown any vicious tendencies, it can attack, leaving the owner open to liability.
Helping You Obtain the Compensation You Need
After a dog bite, it is important that you seek appropriate medical treatment. Many dog bite victims struggle with emotional turmoil after the attack. As your lawyers, we can help you get the necessary medical and emotional assistance.
Contact us online to schedule a free consultation. For your convenience, we offer evening and weekend appointments. Polish language services are available.
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