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Dog Bite Injury

While many dogs with which we are familiar are gentle and loving, their behavior is never guaranteed. This is especially the case with dogs that you don’t know or pass on the street. One minute you’re petting a dog, the next, you may be in pain and suffering due to an unexpected dog bite accident. Even the smallest, most unsuspecting dogs are capable of causing serious physical and emotional damage, and large dogs greatly increase the chances of injuries. Rely on our Chicago dog bite attorneys to help you navigate this extremely stressful time. We will do everything that we can to help you obtain the justice that you deserve.

Serious Injuries from Dog Attacks

There is a multitude of injuries that could be the result of a dog bite in Chicago, including the following:

  • Biting: Dog bites themselves can be a wide variety of intensities depending on the particular dog and the situation. Keep in mind that dog bites that break the skin require immediate attention and should be cared for as soon as possible. Wash the wound using mild soap and warm tap water and use a damp cloth to slow any bleeding. You can use an over-the-counter antibiotic cream to help lessen the chance of infection, and seek professional medical help if the bite is too deep to treat on your own.
  • Scratching: Dogs have nails that are capable of producing injuries. Some scratches are surface-level while others may break the skin. Seek medical attention for dog scratches that break the skin and make sure to clean the wound using warm water and soap.
  • Fractures: In severe dog bite scenarios, fractures may be the result of the bite. Dogs’ round, strong jaws can cause fractures anywhere in the body, including in the hands, foot, arm, or leg. Seek immediate medical attention.

Dog Bite Liability

Each state has specific liability guidelines to help determine who specifically is liable in the case that a dog bite occurs. In the state of Illinois, there is strict dog bite liability that falls on the owner of the dog. The only exception is if the victim were trespassing onto the property or if the victim provoked the dog to attack them in any way. All questions or concerns regarding liability can be discussed with our Chicago dog bite attorneys.

Chicago Animal & Dog Bite Attorneys

Studies show that dogs bite close to five million people every year, including thousands in the Chicago area. Children are the most common dog bite victims, often being bitten in the face. Whether you have recently been bitten by a dog or your child has been bitten, the Chicago dog bite attorneys at SHEA LAW GROUP have the resources to help you obtain compensation for you or your child’s injuries.

In the State of Illinois, a victim can bring a claim against an owner of any animal for their injuries — regardless of whether they were caused by a bite and without proving negligence on the part of the owner. Additionally, a victim can recover from other potential sources, such as the company that insured the premises where the dog attack occurred.

A person with injuries due to a dog attack can recover damages against the owner of the dog if it is proved that:

  • the injury was caused by the dog,
  • the defendant was the owner or caretaker of the dog,
  • the dog was not provoked by the injured person,
  • the injured person, at the time of the injury, was acting peacefully, and
  • the injured person was legally allowed to be where they were at the time of the injury.

Vicious Dogs And Dangerous Dogs

Vicious dogs must be in a fenced enclosure or structure that prevents young children from entering and prevents the animal from escaping. A vicious dog is one that when unprovoked, attacks or bites a person or other domestic animal or is naturally inclined to attack without provocation. A “dangerous dog” is considered to be any dog that when unattended by its owner or unmuzzled, approaches a person in a terrorizing or vicious manner with an apparent purpose of attack.

If you or your child has been bitten by a dog, contact the Chicago personal injury attorneys at SHEA LAW GROUP for a consultation at 1-877-365-0040 or contact us online.

Dog Bite Case Results

$300,000 5-year-old girl suffered a bite to her chest from a pit bull (insurance policy limits paid at trial after jury selection)

$205,000 14-year-old-boy suffered bites and scarring to his left hand from a pitbull

$175,000 23-year-old woman bitten on the palm by a pit bull

$143,000 23-year-old woman bitten on the ear by a German shepherd

$131,000 16-year-old girl bitten on her right arm and forearm by a pit bull

$125,000 6-year-old girl bitten on her scalp by a beagle basset hound

$100,000 10-year-old girl bitten on the face by a husky (insurance policy limits paid)

$100,000 12-year-old girl bitten on the face by a pit bull (insurance policy limits paid)

$100,000 9-year-old girl suffered permanent scarring to her arms and stomach when attacked by a German Sheppard (insurance policy limits paid)

$100,000 5-year-old boy bitten on his head, left ear, thumb and fingers by a pit bull (insurance policy limits paid)

$100,000 4-year-old girl suffered bites and scarring to her cheek and lip by a pit bull (insurance policy limits paid)

Seeking Compensation After a Dog Bite

Our team at Shea Law Group understands how devastating it can be to suffer from a dog attack. The physical and emotional trauma can last a lifetime and it is can be a difficult road to recovery. We have handled a multitude of dog bite cases in the Chicago area and understand the necessary steps to help you maximize your compensation. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team for a free consultation today!