Every year, dogs bite hundreds of thousands of people. Every year, thousands of people also seek medical attention for their injuries resulting from a dog bite. It is an unfortunate fact of life that dogs sometimes bite. When a dog bites and you have suffered an injury, take steps to hold the dog’s owner accountable for your injuries and damages. Dog bite injuries can include lacerations, fractures, cuts/bruises, puncture wounds, dislocations, amputations and other crushing injuries. If you have suffered injuries as a result of a dog bite, call Wachnik Law LLC today at 847-892-5060.
ILLINOIS LAW ON DOG BITES
Illinois law, by virtue of the Illinois Animal Control Act, states that :
“If a dog or other animal, without provocation, attacks or injures any person who is peaceably conducting himself in any place where he may lawfully be, the owner of such dog or other animal is liable in damages to such person for the full amount of the injury sustained.”
Thus, a person injured by a dog may seek compensation for past and future medical expenses; lost income and diminished earning capacity; pain and suffering; emotional distress and other losses related to the bite and injury. Claims can be made against a dog owner or third party and are often times covered by a policy of homeowner’s or renter’s insurance.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO IF YOU ARE ATTACKED BY A DOG
If you have been injured in a dog attack, you should immediately seek medical attention; immediately report the incident to police and obtain a copy of the police report; obtain contact information for the dog owner and witnesses who saw the attack; photograph the animal (if possible); photograph the injuries; save any clothing that may have been damaged by the animal; and call an attorney who will advise you on how to further handle this situation. For a free consultation call Wachnik Law LLC at 847-892-5060.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a dog attack, call Wachnik Law LLC today. We will be relentless and aggressive in protecting your rights and fighting for maximum recovery. We will get you compensation for your past and future medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of consortium and fight for punitive damages, where appropriate. We have experience fighting the insurance companies and we will fight for the compensation you deserve for your injuries. For a free consultation with attorney Eryk Wachnik, call our law office today at 847-892-5060. All claims are time sensitive. Call today!