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Illinois Dog Bite Attorney

Dogs are typically gentle and loving animals. However, their behavior is never guaranteed. Even the smallest, most unsuspecting dog is capable of causing serious physical injury and emotional distress.

Illinois has the second-highest number of dog bites in the United States and the highest payouts in the nation. With dog bites being the second most common reason for emergency room visits involving children, it’s both likely and common that you or someone you know will be the victim of a dog bite injury.

If you or someone you love has suffered an injury from a dog attack, trust your injury case to the best dog bite lawyers in Chicago – Shea Law Group. Our Chicago dog bite attorneys will help you through this process, recover damages, and earn compensation for your pain and suffering.

Serious Injuries from Dog Bite Incidents

Dog bite victims can suffer a multitude of injuries during a dog attack. Some of these injuries include:

  • Biting: Common dog bite injuries include puncture wounds, injuries to the eyes, scars, and other skin and soft tissue injuries. If a dog bite breaks the skin, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately. It may help to wash the wound using mild soap and warm water to slow the bleeding and help prevent infection.
  • Scratching: Dogs have nails that are capable of producing similar injuries to a bite. Nails can puncture the skin, leaving scars, and possibly tearing muscles underneath the skin, causing serious damage.
  • Fractures: In severe dog bite cases, broken bones can be the result of a dog attack. Depending on the strength of the animal and its bite pressure, fractures can occur anywhere in the body, including the hands, feet, arms, or legs. Seek immediate medical attention if you believe you’ve experienced a fracture.

The law office of Shea Law Group is home to experienced dog bite injury lawyers that are ready to fight for you. Insurance companies are difficult to navigate in these cases, which is why you need to hire a professional. Contact us right away if you or someone you know has been the victim of a dog bite.

Dog Bite Liability

Illinois law has specific liability guidelines that help determine who is liable in the case when a dog bite occurs. In Illinois, there is strict dog bite liability that falls on the owner of the dog. The only exception to this rule is if the victim were trespassing on the property or if the victim provokes the dog to attack them in any way.

If you have questions or concerns regarding liability, our personal injury lawyers in Chicago are ready to answer your call and help you determine who will be liable in your dog bite case.

Dog Bite Attorneys in Chicago

Vicious and Dangerous Dogs

Vicious dogs must be kept in a fenced-in enclosure or structure that prevents them from escaping and others from entering. A vicious dog is defined as one that will attack or bite a person unprovoked or is naturally inclined to attack. A dangerous dog is considered to be any dog that when left unattended will approach another person with apparent intent to attack.

Studies have shown that the most dangerous dog breeds, in terms of dog bite fatalities, are pit bulls, rottweilers, German shepherds, mastiffs, and American bulldogs. However, it is important to understand that any dog is capable of biting and injuring a person.

These same studies have shown that dog breeds most likely to bite include chihuahuas, English bulldogs, pit bulls, German & Australian shepherds, jack russell terriers, cocker spaniels, and Pekingnese.

Always be careful around dogs you don’t know and keep a safe distance at all times. If you or a loved one happen to be the victim of a dog bite, contact Shea Law Group at 1-877-909-1215 for a free consultation.

Our Case Results

Insurance agencies in the United States spend around $850 million in dog bite claims per year. With Illinois being among the highest payout states in the country each year, Shea Law Group is determined to get you maximum compensation for your injuries.

Here are some of our top results from past dog bite cases:

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)

The team at Shea Law Group understands how devastating it can be to be a victim of a dog attack. The physical and emotional trauma can last a lifetime and the road to recovery is not always easy. We have handled a multitude of dog bite cases in Chicago, IL, and the surrounding areas, with vast knowledge of the necessary steps to maximize your compensation.

Contact us right away for a free consultation.