Chicago Dog Bite Lawyer

Attacked by a dog in Dyer or Chicago?

If you or your child was attacked by someone else's dog in the Chicago area, you may have grounds to seek compensation for any resulting injuries and losses. In the United States, 800,000 people seek medical treatment for dog bites annually, and half of the victims are children. In response to the harm that can be caused by dangerous dogs and negligent owners, the state of Illinois passed legislation to protect victims.

Do I have grounds to file a dog bite claim?

The Illinois Animal Control Act (510 ILCS 5/) describes the rights and options of those who have been injured by any type of animal, including dogs. According to the act, a dog owner is liable for the damages caused by their pet if the dog attacks, attempts to attacks, or harms a person who is acting peaceably in a place that they have right and reason to be.

This means that you can file a claim or lawsuit for compensation against the owner if:

  • The individual actually owned the dog;
  • You were acting peaceably;
  • You did not provoke the dog in any way; and
  • You were in a place, structure, area, etc. that you were legally allowed to be.

Defending Children Injured in Attacks

Children are commonly the victims of dog attacks, and in many cases, they do not realize that they are provoking the animals. If your child was bitten by someone else's dog and you think that your son or daughter may have been partially at fault, you may still be able to file a claim. Young children are typically incapable of understanding the dangers posed by animals, and they may not recognize the difference between a friendly dog and a growling or defensive dog.

In many situations involving children, the courts rule in favor of the young victims because of their inability to recognize possible danger. If you are unsure whether you have grounds to seek compensation for injuries suffered by you or your child, it is important to discuss your case and options with an experienced Chicago personal injury attorney.

Enlist the Guidance of a Dog Bite Attorney

Our team at Pavich Law Group, P.C. believes that victims of negligent accidents deserve fair settlements for their injuries and losses. Our knowledgeable attorneys have more than 97 years of combined experience, and we are dedicated to obtaining justice for our clients and their families. Our firm can assess the circumstances that led to the dog attack to determine liability and help you understand what legal options are available for your situation.

Contact a Chicago dog bite lawyer at our team today or take a few moments to fill out a free case evaluation form.