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.