Large dogs with strong jaws are especially dangerous when they bite people. They can break bones and leave deep wounds with ragged edges that may cause significant permanent scarring. However, even small dogs can cause serious injuries if they bite a person's face or sever a tendon. Dog bites often become infected and painful, and significant reconstructive surgery may be needed to avoid disfigurement.
Not every dog attack involves a bite. A large dog may knock a person down. Victims may sustain injuries when resisting or fleeing an attack, ranging from sprains and strains to broken bones. A dog attack is also an intensely traumatic experience, especially for children. The emotional wounds might persist long after the physical wounds have healed.
In Illinois, dog bite victims have rights. We can help protect them.
Dog bites in Illinois typically fall under the legal standard of strict liability. That means that, unlike most personal injury cases, we don't have to demonstrate that the dog owner was negligent in order to recover. We only have to prove ownership of the dog - the legal definition includes anyone who keeps or harbors a dog on his or her property - and that the attack was not provoked.
Even though Illinois' dog bite statute favors victims, being made whole after an attack is rarely easy. The insurance company representing the dog owner may deny your claim or dispute the extent of your injuries. Our law firm will review your medical documents and, if necessary, retain outside experts to establish the full, long-term cost of the dog attack. We'll negotiate with the insurance company to reach a settlement that pays for that cost. If they don't make a fair offer, we're ready to take them to court.
If you've been attacked by a dog, seek medical help right away. Then, contact us. We help dog bite victims on a contingency fee basis, which means you don't pay anything up front. We'll only get paid if and when we recover for you, as a percentage of your award.
We've been helping families throughout Northern Illinois for decades, and we'll be honored to help yours. Call (866) 604-9075 for a free consultation.