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Being attacked by a dog or other animal is not only scary, but these attacks have the potential to be incredibly severe, carry the risk of infection, and incur long-term medical expenses. If you’ve been bitten by a dog, you may have grounds to seek compensation from the dog’s owner. Our Chicago dog bite attorneys at Panio Law Offices are here to help. We believe in providing aggressive representation that puts our client’s needs first. Additionally, when you hire us, you work directly with your attorney. Unlike larger firms where it is easy to get lost in the shuffle, at Panio Law Offices, you are our priority.

With two offices conveniently located in Chicago and Homewood, our dog bite lawyer can handle even the most complicated cases. Call us today at (312) 313-0305 or contact us online.

Illinois Dog Bite Law

Most Illinois dog bite laws also govern other kinds of injuries that spring from a dog attack (e.g. dog scratches, injuries sustained in attempts to flee from a dog attack). The law in Illinois indicates that dog owners are responsible for covering medical costs when their dog(s) injures an individual. This does not require the establishment of negligence on the part of the dog owner. However, there are two exceptions to this:

  • Exception 1 – The injured party provoked the attack: When the victim of a dog attack is proven to have incited the attack in question, there is typically no liability on the part of the owner or handler of the dog. Let's say, for example, that a young man passes a dog that is in a fenced yard and unleased. While passing the yard, the man is seen taunting the animal making barking noises. The dog runs toward the man, jumps the fence and bites the man. Whether or not the owner of the dog knew the animal was capable of jumping the fence, the young man's taunt is what instigated the attack. If, for instance, the man passed the yard without provoking the dog, and the animal chased the man, jumped the fence and then bit him, it is quite possible the owner would be found liable for the young man's injuries.
  • Exception 2 – The injured party was in a location they were not legally permitted to be in: When the victim of a dog attack has encroached upon property or space they are not legally allowed to have access to, there is no legal basis for recovering damages for their injuries. This does not always necessarily mean that a person entered the property or space with an intent to break the law, however (as is the case with a burglar, for instance). If, for instance, a man mistakenly goes to the wrong address expecting to visit an open house. He knocks on the door, which is unlocked. Receiving no response, he enters the home expecting to tour the space and finds he has startled a dog inside. The dog bites the man and he sustains serious injuries before he can escape the residence. It is likely the man has no grounds upon which to demand damages because he had no legal right to access the home without the permission of its owners, which he clearly did not have.

What to Do After a Dog

  1. If you’ve been bitten in a dog attack, the first thing you should do is seek medical treatment.
  2. Get the names and contact information of any witnesses, including the owner of the animal.
  3. Report the dog bite to animal control. This creates a record of the incident, and it could be that the animal in question has a history of biting.

Other necessary steps to take in the aftermath of a dog bit include:

  • Cataloging all injuries associated with the attack
  • Documenting all medical treatment received
  • Keeping track of all expenses related to the attack
  • Maintaining copies of all receipts and other pertinent records

In addition to seeking medical attention for any bites you may have received, it is also crucial that you keep track of other associated injuries. For example, even if you were not bitten, running away from an attacking animal can result in injuries such as sprained ankles, scrapes and bruises, and emotional trauma. The animal’s owner can be held accountable for these injuries just as they can for the bites themselves.

Call Us Today for a Free Case Evaluation

If you’ve been attacked by a dog, you have a lot on your plate and feeling overwhelmed is natural. At Panio Law Offices, our Chicago personal injury lawyer works hard to provide clients with detail-oriented, personalized legal representation. We also work on a contingency basis which means that we don’t take any fees until we have successfully secured compensation for your injuries.

We believe that one of the keys to success is building quality relationships with our clients as this enables us to represent you in court more effectively. As a result of our track record of success, we were named one of the top 100 trial lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers Association.

When you need a fierce advocate representing you in your Illinois dog bite case, call Panio Law Offices at (312) 313-0305.

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