Our Chicago dog bite attorneys will get you the maximum compensation allowed by law if you’ve been bitten or injured as the result of a dog owner’s negligence.
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Our Chicago Dog Bite Attorneys Initial Focus is on these 5 Questions
1. Who is the owner or harborer of the dog?
– Action seeking relief for injuries received as a result of dog bites can be filed under common-law theories of negligence and/or strict liability and may also be brought under statutory law.
– The Illinois Animal Control Act requires the owner of a dog to pay for resulting medical expenses, pain and suffering and disability
2. Was the person who was injured legally permitted to be in the location where the incident occurred.
– Obvious actions like trespassing or climbing a fence are often difficult to win a judgement for but more often there’s much gray area as to the legality of the victim being in the place where they were injured and why you should insist on a proven injury attorney to provide you with answers.
3. Was the injured person acting peaceably at the time of the attack or bite or was the bite provoked?
– Even if it’s determined to be a provoked attack we can often get you a settlement in relation to your degree of responsibility. For example, if you’re determined to be 20% responsible for the attack you’re entitled to 80% of the settlement amount.
4. What is the extent of the injury?
– Dog bites and injuries come in all shapes and sizes much like the dogs themselves. From minor scratches to life altering disfigurement and even death. The extent of these injuries goes a long way toward determining the amount of compensation.
5. How able is the responsible party to pay an award or settlement?
– With awards and settlements sometimes reaching six figure sums it’s unlikely that your average dog owner could cover the medical bills and other expenses out of pocket. These payments are usually made via an insurance company and this is where our experienced dog bite attorneys will uncover any and all possible sources, be it homeowners, renters or even car insurance.
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Illinois Statute – Animal Control Act
The Animal Control Act eliminates the common-law requirement that the owner have prior knowledge of his or her dog’s vicious or dangerous propensity.
– If it cannot be shown that the owner or keeper of a dog that has injured someone knew of the animal’s vicious or dangerous properties, the owner or keeper can nevertheless be held liable if some other neglect on his or her part can be shown as the cause of the attack occurred. As an example, the owner or keeper of a dog can be held liable if it can be shown that a person was injured as a result of the owner’s neglect in securing the animal
– An injured party is entitled to money to compensate them for their past medical bills, pain and suffering, scarring, disfigurement, loss of employment, loss of normal life and future medical bills.
– Pitbulls, Rottweilers, and German Shepards are dogs that are most often involved in dog bite cases.
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