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Injury Attorney Steven J. Malman

Aggressive Chicago Dog Bite Injury Lawyers

Every year, millions of people fall victim to dog attacks.

These attacks can be horrifying, leaving the victim with physical scars and, oftentimes, emotional damage. Most dog bite victims are children, and many have to seek reconstructive and reparative surgery to heal fully. Even a small dog can cause serious injuries such as finger amputation, scarring, infection, or blindness. The potential for injury greatly increases when larger dogs attack. Large dogs can cause nerve damage, amputations, major scarring, pain disorders, emotional trauma, and even death.

If you or a family member has suffered a dog attack, a dog bite lawyer from Malman Law will give you the necessary assistance and deserved legal guidance. We are adept at rallying our resources and knowledge to see that you get justice and fair compensation.

What can I do to protect my rights after being attacked by a dog?

The more information you have regarding the dog, the owner, and the circumstances of the attack, the better prepared your injury attorney will be in determining whether you have a case and what your damages may be. Some steps you will want to take include:

Who is liable for my injuries?

Illinois law provides that anyone who owns, harbors, or keeps any dog is liable for injuries to people caused by that dog – whether by a bite or not – without negligence on the part of the defendant. A key element in Illinois dog bite law provides that those who are attacked must not have provoked the dog and must be conducting themselves peaceably in a place where they may lawfully be.

It is also possible to impose liability..

It is also possible to impose liability on animal control departments and other public entities that have failed to take action against dangerous dogs. Liability can sometimes fall on landlords and homeowners associations, if the proper elements are proven.

Depending on the situation, there may be an exception to liability for the dog bite. These exceptions might apply if the victim:

  • was trespassing
  • was a veterinarian or canine professional who was treating the dog at the time of the incident
  • was committing a felony or other crime against the owner of the dog
  • provoked the dog by physically abusing it
  • assumed the risk of being bitten

If you sustain an injury while escaping an aggressive, ferocious dog, the law protects you. Illinois is a “first bite” state, which implies that even if a dog bites somebody for the very first time, the victim has the right to seek damages.

The Chicago dog bite injury lawyers at Malman Law have the experience to understand the complexity of these types of cases and the number of potential liable parties. Contact us as soon as possible so that we can help you to protect yourself and your legal rights.

What are my legal rights?

In addition to damage awards based on actual dog bites, Illinois law provides for emotional distress damages. Emotional distress refers to the mental pain and suffering brought about by actually being attacked by a dog, being in the “zone of danger” where you fear for your own safety, or even witnessing a loved one being attacked by a dog.

Determining the amount of compensation for a dog attack victim is a complicated task that requires the knowledge and experience of a Chicago dog bite attorney. We have a proven track record of success in estimating damages that include a multitude of categories including:

In spite of the clarity of the law concerning dog bites in Illinois, an efficient case demands the assistance of a competent Chicago dog bite personal injury lawyer. Over the years, our dog bite and attack attorneys at Malman Law have handled thousands of cases of differing degrees of complexity.

A dog attacked me – how do I know if I have a case?

In Illinois, a person attacked by a dog can recover damages against the dog’s
owner, or those acting as the dog’s custodian, if the following is proven:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – Dog Bites

Contact Malman Law, Your Chicago Dog Bite Attorneys

At Malman Law, we have served over 20,000 clients since 1994, helping dog bite victims obtain reimbursement for their pain, medical bills, and other costs. In Illinois, the laws concerning dog bites are clear. You have the right to obtain reimbursement for an unprovoked attack by a dog. Contact us today for a free consultation. You can access our services 24/7 at our conveniently located offices in the Chicago Loop.

Firm Awards & Recognitions

Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the American Institute of Legal Counsel. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list for 2018-2019.

  • Only the top 100 trial lawyers from each state or highly-populated regions of certain states who are actively practicing in civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law are eligible for invitation. Invitees must demonstrate superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a legal professional. The selection process for this elite honor is based on a multi-phase process based upon objective and uniformly applied criteria which includes peer nominations combined with third party research.

    Prospective members of The NTL are carefully screened prior to receiving an invitation for membership.

  • Top Attorneys Diamond Member

  • Top Attorneys of North America 2019-2020

  • The American Institute of Trial Lawyers is an invitation only professional organization composed of premier trial attorneys from each state. These attorneys exemplify the very best qualities and qualifications of an attorney. Each attorney must meet stringent qualifications as a civil or criminal trial attorney. These attorneys practice in a variety of fields to help and promote the ethical and elite practice of law. Selection is based on a thorough multi phase process which includes peer nominations and third party research. Each member must be in good standing with their local compliance organization. Membership is extended to only a select few in each state and/or region.

  • As the founder of Steven J. Malman and Associates, P.C., Attorney Steven Malman has 21 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, premises liability, construction and workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Malman is one of Chicago’s leading authorities on personal injury law and has taken a special interest in defending the elderly from neglect and abuse. He has personally handled over 10,000 cases successfully, and collected hundreds of millions dollars for his clients.

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