Dog Bite & Attack Attorneys Serving Chicago, Illinois
The sharp teeth and powerful jaws that allow dogs to successfully hunt their prey in the wild can also be responsible for devastating injuries to humans. Even when innocently ‘playing’, the sharp incisor and canine teeth in dogs can cause serious injury to the arms, legs and faces of bite victims.
The nature of many dog bites requires medical attention in order to close the wound and minimize scarring. Even with proper medical attention, some severe dog bites with open wounds and punctures may need the attention of a plastic surgeon that is able to use surgical techniques to minimize the bite marks and scarring.
Scars are an important part of many dog bite claims and are considered as an element of damages. They should be photographed or personally displayed so the jury, defense lawyer or insurance adjuster can properly appreciate the permanent damage caused by the bite.
Chicago dog attack injuries (no biting)
Not all dog-related injuries are inflicted through bites. Dogs may injure people by clawing them, jumping on top of them or even lurching at them in a manner that causes them to become startled and fall over. In Illinois, the law does not distinguish between dog attack injuries and injuries related to dog bites when it comes to recovering damages from the dog owner.
Therefore, if a dog played any role in causing or contributing to a person’s injuries, the incident should be evaluated by a dog attack lawyer to determine if the matter can be pursued under the Animal Control Act of Illinois— which is considered to be quite favorable to people who are injured due to the acts of dogs and other domesticated animals.
Who is liable for personal injuries related to a dog attack?
Illinois law squarely imposes responsibility on dog owners to pay for injuries to people and damage to property caused by their dogs. In the case of injuries sustained in dog bite attacks, owners must compensate the victim for the all elements of damages that the individual is entitled to under Illinois law.
In the case of a dog that attacks a person while visiting an apartment complex, the landlord of the property may be held responsible if the individual or company knew of the aggressive dog and failed to take any intervention to protect other tenants or their guests.
Common elements of damages in dog bite cases include:
- Medical expenses- past and future
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
Financial compensation for victims of Chicago dog bite & dog attack cases
Many injuries stemming from a dog attack or dog bite are covered under the homeowner’s insurance of the dog owner. Consequently, the majority of dog bite settlements and judgments are paid out directly by the insurance company as opposed to the actual dog owner. Given that most dog attack settlements are paid by an insurance company, even friends and family members (non-residents) can pursue a claim for a dog attack without any guilt as no funds are likely to come out of the dog owner’s pocket.
Dog bite home owner insurance claims
Fortunately, many homeowners’ insurance policies carry substantial coverage limits, meaning that victims of dog bites can be fairly compensated for their injuries. In addition to primary coverage, some homeowners also carry excess or umbrella coverage, which may be available to people who have sustained a particularly gruesome or disabling injury.
Are you in need of an attorney to represent you in a dog bite case?
The dog bite attorneys at Chicago Injury Center have successfully prosecuted hundreds of cases involving scarring and other injuries related to dog attacks in Chicago and throughout Illinois. The majority of these cases can be resolved directly with the dog owner’s insurance company. If you are seeking a law firm— for yourself or your child— with significant experience resolving Illinois dog bite cases for top dollar, contact us today for a free case evaluation.