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Nearly 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year and it is estimated that 1 in 5 dog bites are serious enough to require medical attention.[1] Dog bites can be so serious that they can even lead to death. If you or a loved one have been bitten by a dog, do not hesitate to contact an Illinois personal injury attorney. Illinois law protects victims of dog bites and require for the owners of dog bites to be liable for any injuries done to a person. Illinois attorneys are familiar with this law and can fight for maximum compensation to make sure that you can start the healing process by way of proper medical attention.

After a person is bitten or attacked by a dog, their road to recovery can be a difficult one and often require reconstructive surgeries and even psychological therapy. These medical costs add up quickly and bring extra emotional stress to a victim and their family. Not only does a person who is bitten by a dog deserve compensation to recover medically, but the emotional stress of the change in physical appearance such as scarring can be life altering. The attorneys at Malman Law will fight aggressively for all of the damages done after a dog bite or attack.

How does Illinois law protect dog bite victims?

Illinois is a “First Bite” state. This means that if an unprovoked dog attacks you, you are entitled to reimbursement. Further, if you are hurt while you are running away from an aggressive dog, those injuries are also groundings for compensation.

In some cases, there are additional parties who are responsible for the injuries done to you. An experienced personal injury attorney knows how to identify these parties to increase your compensation benefits.

Who is at risk and how do you prevent dog bites?

According to the CDC, those who are at risk include children, adult males and people with dogs in their homes. It is recommended that parents and guardians teach their children how to properly approach a dog as well as dog owners to be aware of dogs who have had an aggressive history when they are around children[LG1] . However, despite safe practices around dogs, dog attacks still occur. If you have been bitten, it is of extreme importance to seek medical attention immediately.

Malman Law is a personal injury law firm that has successfully compensated millions of dollars for clients after they were injured due to another person or business who acted negligently. If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries or even death after an attack by a dog, call our office today to learn more about your legal rights.

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