Experienced Illinois Dog Bite Attorney in Chicago

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Dogs are historically known as man’s best friend, and they are arguably the most popular pet in the United States. However, what happens when you, or someone you care about, is injured by a dog – especially when the dog belongs to someone else? Even the smallest, cutest dogs can cause serious injury – especially when you figure in subsequent infection from what seems like an inconsequential bite.

Dog bite cases can be very emotional because almost everyone loves dogs, and when someone is attacked and bitten by one of these normally friendly animals, it can be especially traumatic for the dog bite victim. Nevertheless, even the most avid dog lover will need to recover damages for medical expenses and other related costs. This is why it is vital to work with a law firm who has extensive experience in these types of injury cases.

Illinois is a Strict Liability State

There are many reasons you might find yourself looking for an Illinois dog bite lawyer who has in-depth knowledge of Illinois Law. Whether it’s a bite you received while out jogging, or another dog attacking yours at a dog park-thanks to strict Illinois and Chicago dog laws, our personal injury lawyers can help.

Throughout the United State, dog bite liability is handled in one of two ways. While some states follow the negligence theory, where a dog owner is held liable for an injury caused by their dog ONLY if their negligence allows the bite to occur. Other states, including Illinois, operate under a strict liability statute. This means that whether the owner is negligent or not, even if the dog has never shown aggression in the past, the owner can be held directly liable for any injuries caused by their dog biting someone.

Types of Injuries from Dog Attacks

Dogs can attack from anywhere at any time, causing various types of harm – you, your child, or your own pets can be injured, or even killed. Listed here are three of the most common injuries.


Dogs have strong claws that can produce injuries similar to bite wounds. Nails can puncture the skin, tear skin and muscle, and cause other soft tissue damage.


The most common injury from a dog attack is a bite. These include puncture wounds, tearing of fascia and muscle, nerve damage, injuries to eyes and ears, and other soft tissue damage. Large dog bites can, on occasion, result in broken bones (especially the smaller bones of a child). If this happens, stop the bleeding, wash the area with warm soapy water, and seek medical attention.


In severe cases, broken bones and fractures can result from an attack. This depends largely on the size and strength of the dog. Fractures caused by dog attacks may include breaks to fingers, hands, arms, or legs. These injuries require immediate medical attention.

Causes of Dog Attacks

Dogs may attack for several reasons, but many times they are triggered by something even their human doesn’t understand. It might be a sound, an unfamiliar person, or sudden movement that frightens them. Some untrained dogs, or dogs that have been abused, may attack when they feel threatened – and that may simply entail a sudden movement in their direction.. It’s always best to keep your distance from unfamiliar dogs, especially when their person is not around.

Chicago Dog Laws

Dog bites are the second highest reason for emergency room visits involving children, and it’s very likely you know someone who has been bitten by a dog. Due to the frequency of injuries from dog attacks, both Illinois and Chicago in particular, have extremely strict dog-related legislation, making it somewhat easier to file a successful dog bite claim.

Dog Attack Liability

The State of Illinois has specific guidelines that help determine who is liable when a dog attacks. By default, the responsibility falls on the owner of the dog, with only two exceptions. If you were attacked while trespassing, or if you provoked the dog in any way, you are then responsible for your injuries.

Vicious and Dangerous Dogs

Any dog deemed vicious or dangerous must be kept separated from the public. Vicious dogs are defined as those who will attack without provocation, and by law should must be kept securely fenced-in. Dangerous dogs are those who have the inclination to attack when left alone.

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Insurance agencies spend roughly $850 million every year on claims involving dog bites. Illinois is one of the highest payout states for these cases, and Shea Law Group has earned a significant share of that compensation for their clients.

When you work with our experienced dog bite attorneys, we will help you through the claims process from beginning to end, making sure you understand what’s happening at each step of the process. Insurance companies can be difficult to work with, but we know how to navigate through their complicated forms and requirements.

If you, or someone you love, has been injured in a dog attack in Chicago or the surrounding area, contact Shea Law Group today for your free consultation and case evaluation. We work diligently to get the positive results our clients deserve.

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