Though most people consider dog injuries to be related to a bite inflicted from an attacking dog, no bite – or even physical contact is required for an individual to recover damages when a dog attacks or lunges towards them. Illinois law recognizes that people have been injured (and can recover) by dogs when dogs:
- Physically claw a person
- When a dog actively pushes a person
- When a person is injured in an attempt to avoid being attacked by a dog
- When a dog startles a person and they fall down a stairway
- When a dog attacks a person on a bicycle or motorcycle
Relating the injury to the attacking dog
Though not immediately apparent in some situations, dog attacks that do not result in a bite, but cause a person’s injury when the person is attempting to avoid contact with an attacking dog are compensable under Illinois law if the injured party can establish that the attacking dog is the proximate cause of his or her injuries.
For example, in the case of a person who falls down and breaks their arm while trying to get out of the way of an attacking dog, the Animal Control Act of Illinois, would allow the injured person to recover compensation from the owner of the dog just as though the he or she was actually bitten by the canine. Under the law, the injured individual would be entitled to recover compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages and pain.
Compensation for non-bite injuries sustained in Chicago dog attacks
If a person is injured when a dog pushes him or her down a flight of stairs and fractures his or her legs, that person is entitled to recover compensation from the owner of the dog for the resulting medical expenses, pain, lost wages and even the disability he or she experiences following the incident— the exact same type of damages that would be awarded had the dog actually bitten the person.
Attorneys who use the law to help you recover maximum compensation for your injures
If you were injured by an attacking dog or injured trying to get out of harms way from an aggressive animal, our Chicago Dog Bite Injury Lawyers would honor the opportunity to discuss your legal rights with you. Before you talk with an representative from an insurance company, learn what the applicable law is in these circumstances. Please fill out the contact form or contact our 24-hour injury hotline .