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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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:
Dog bites that occur in Chicago fall under Illinois state law. The law for dog bites in Illinois is that any person who owns, harbors, or otherwise keeps a dog is liable for injuries that are caused by the dog. However, there are some exceptions to liability. If you’re bitten, you must not have provoked the dog in any way. You must be in a lawful area. For instance, if you were walking on a public sidewalk and you were bitten by a dog, you were in a lawful area. If, however, you were trespassing into someone’s yard and went through a closed gate with a sign that warned about a dog, the dog owner may not be held liable because you were trespassing. Other exceptions include:
A veterinarian or canine professional who was treating the dog at the time of the incident. Someone committing a felony or other crime against the owner of the dog. Someone who provokes a dog by physically abusing it. Someone who otherwise assumes the risk of being bitten.
If you are a dog bite victim in Chicago, call Malman Law to discuss your potential case. Initial consultations are free.
Dog bites in Chicago are serious matters that are governed by Illinois state law. Illinois is what is commonly known as a “first bite” state. This means that if you’re bitten by an aggressive dog while you are trying to get away from it, you may have a right to sue even if it was the first time the dog has bitten someone.
Remember that there are some exceptions to liability and dog bites. You must have been in a lawful area. If, for instance, you’re on public property and someone’s aggressive dog bites you and you did not provoke the animal, you may have a right to recover. If you provoke a dog or if you are attempting to do something illegal to the owner of the animal, then you may not be able to recover for damages.
If you suffered a dog bite in Chicago, call Malman Law to discuss your legal rights. Initial consultations are free.
Dog bites in Chicago can be particularly damaging to children. In Chicago, victims of dog bites may receive a damage award that is equal to the actual expenses associated with the incident and they may also be entitled to receive damages emotional distress, pain, and suffering. If you witnessed your child get bit by the dog, you may also be eligible to receive compensation because of the trauma that it put you through.
The amount of compensation is different from case to case. It takes an experienced Chicago dog bite attorney to help determine what you are entitled to recover. Damages may include:
To have your potential case evaluated on behalf of your child, call Malman Law today. Initial consultations are free and confidential.
Like all lawsuits in Chicago, a dog bite case must meet certain elements in order to be eligible to be filed in court. The defendant may be the dog’s owner or the person in charge of taking care of the dog. You may be able to receive compensation if:
If you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog, call the Chicago dog bite attorneys at Malman Law right away. We’re ready to evaluate your case and help you get the compensation that you deserve. Initial consultations are free.