A 3-year-old boy was attacked by two pit bulls in a relative's dining room on June 3. His cousin alerted a neighbor who hopped the fence and rescued the child from the two dogs with a plank of wood. He grabbed the boy and carried him to a local fire station. The 3-year-old is being treated at Comer Children's Hospital after receiving bites to his ears, neck, torso and legs. The owner of the dogs received tickets because the animals didn't have licenses or rabies vaccinations.
According to the Center for Disease Control, roughly 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs each year and 800,000 seek medical attention. About half of the people seeking care are children, who tend to sustain injuries more to the head and neck region.
In the state of Illinois, the owner of a dog or any other animal that bites another person is liable for their injuries if the victim was not provoking the animal. Although some states require the dog to have a history of aggression before the owner is held liable, Illinois considers the owner liable even if he or she did not act negligently. In addition to pursuing compensation for physical injuries, it is possible to seek damages for mental pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury from a dog or another animal, a Chicago personal injury attorney from Pavich Law Group can help you seek the compensation you deserve through a premises liability claim. Dog bite injuries are serious and can lead to expensive medical bills and lost wages, but we can help you pursue damages. To learn more about your legal options, complete a free case evaluation from the firm. For more information about the benefits of working with the firm, call Pavich Law Group today!