Animals can be unpredictable and any dog has the ability to bite depending on the situation. If you or your child has been bitten by a dog you can pursue compensation for injuries you sustained from the attack. Dog owners are responsible for their animals and to keep others safe from attacks. In order to obtain compensation from the owner, it is possible to negotiate with them and come to an agreement. If you can come to an agreeable deal you will not have to go to court. Other times this is not possible and in these situations, your next step to obtain compensation would be through civil court.
Fighting these cases can be complex and there could be a number of individuals who are liable for your injuries. An Illinois dog bite attorney will know how to break your accident down and figure out where the blame lies as well as how to recoup costs for your damages.
Illinois Dog Bite Laws
In Illinois, the state practices in the strict liability system which is helpful for victims of dog bites. With strict liability, the dog doesn’t have to have a history of attacks and the dog’s owner doesn’t have to be aware of their dog’s susceptibility for biting in order to be held to account for the incident. Depending on where you were bit, other parties can be held responsible for your damages. A kennel housing a dog, a doggy daycare, property owners, and parents of children who own a dog can all be on the hook for providing you with compensation.
Some situations though, may not hold the dog owner wholly liable for their dog biting. If the owner has seen or feels like the bite victim was provoking the dog, or dismisses the dog’s warnings and goes near the animal anyway the owner could have a strong defense against the bite victim. This would affect your ability to recover compensation for your injuries. It is never advisable to go near an animal you don’t know without the consent of the owner.
Finding A Dog Bite Lawyer In Roscoe, IL
Dog bites can cause serious damage to the body. They can cause bruises, deep tissue wounds, muscular damage, and disfigurement from scarring. They can also cause significant mental anguish and pain especially in children, who are statistically the highest risk group for bites. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 5 people who are bit requires medical attention.
The Roscoe personal injury lawyers at Alexander J. Smith Law Offices are here to help you with your personal injury claim after you were bitten by an animal. Our Roscoe dog bite attorneys are well versed in how to put together the elements necessary for a successful dog bite injury claim. Call us today to set up a free consultation at (608) 237-7035 for residents of Wisconsin or (815) 2439686 for residents of Illinois. One of our highly knowledgeable Wisconsin and Illinois personal injury attorneys is here to discuss your accident experience with you.