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Is a Dog Owner Always Liable for a Bite?

Published on May 7, 2024 at 2:59 pm in Dog Bites.

What happens when a dog bites someone? Is a dog owner always liable for a bite, including medical bills and related expenses a victim incurs? In some states, pet owners are not held responsible for an initial incident under a “one-bite” law.

But does Illinois follow those rules? At Schweickert Ganassin Krzak Rundio, LLP, we have seen the damage a bite can cause to innocent victims. Let’s look at what happens when a dog’s playful bark turns into a sudden bite and what Illinois law says about liability in these situations.

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