A poorly trained or controlled dog may have an aggressive outburst and attack any person without provocation. However, children and the elderly are at a higher statistical risk of being attacked than any other demographic.
Despite being great pets in the care of the right owners, dogs must be respected as animals with protective and territorial instincts. It is the responsibility of dog owners to ensure that their animals will not cause harm to other people and they are liable for any injuries that result in a dog attack or accident caused by the dog. The Chicago Injury Center’s dog bite law team specializes in recovering compensation for victims of dog attacks and those who are injured when an owner fails to maintain control over his dog or the dog roams freely.
Establishing liability & proving damages
From the perspective of liability, it is important to acknowledge the most common and exclusive defense to dog attack cases— that the victim provoked the dog prior to the attack. Therefore, during the initial contact with the insurance carrier, it is important to be mindful of this anticipated defense and prepare the case accordingly. Particularly in dog bite cases involving children, a thorough investigation of the incident during the early stages of the cases can help deflect these anticipated claims.
Types of Dog Attack Cases
The details and circumstances of every dog attack case are unique and the victim may have a case if the incident occurred because the dog was free, unleashed or out of control. Common dog attack cases include the following.
- Dog bites — a dog’s owner is liable for any unprovoked attack that results in a dog bite, regardless of whether the incident occurred on his or her property. It is the responsibility of the owner to make sure that the dog is unable to roam freely and stays under control when in the presence of other people.
- Non-bite accidents — a dog may cause injury without biting or attacking the victim. Larger dogs may be able to overpower or knock a person off his or her feet, causing an injury because of a fall. The dog’s owner is responsible if such actions are the cause of an accident or injury.
- Injuries to children — children are common victims in dog attack cases because they have the tendency to be too trusting of animals and may not understand the dangers of approaching an unfamiliar dog. Because they are still growing, some of the injuries sustained may impact the child’s growth or appearance for the rest of his or her life.
- Postal workers — mail carriers often encounter aggressive or stray animals which possess territorial instincts that make them view the postal worker as a threat. It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that the animal is unable to attack or harm the postal worker when he or she attempts to perform his or her regular duties.
Our pledge to dog bite victims
We have a team of seasoned investigators who have experience tracking down dog owners. Frequently, this early and aggressive investigation means the difference between an excellent recovery and just a bad memory. We offer a no fee guarantee: if we do not recover for you, our services are free.
While many dog owners have pure intentions, they are still responsible for any injuries that result from an attack or accident that occurs when the dog escapes or another person has a reasonable reason for entering the property. If you have been injured in a dog attack, contact the Chicago Injury Center today to set up a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer who will examine the details of your case and let you know more about your rights and legal options. It is our goal to recover the compensation required to help you recover from your injuries and we will never expect payment until we are able to collect damages on your behalf.
- http://www.mercer.edu/psychology/faculty_staff/wright_jc/downloadable_articles/Canine Aggression