While having a family dog can be a wonderful thing for a variety of reasons, dog attacks are more common place than people might think causing upwards of millions of dollars in damages each year. Well over half of these attacks occur within the dog owner’s home or just outside his home and many of the victims of dog attacks are people familiar with the dog or within the neighborhood. Most unfortunate is that many dog bite victims are children.
While the number of dogs in this country has gone up over the last ten years by a fraction the number of dog bite incidents have increased significantly. And, as mentioned most of the victims are kids – over half of the victims of dog bite attacks. The most common age range is between 5 and 10 and the most often place they are bitten is on the face. The trauma of the incident can be overwhelming for the child and the family and serious scarring to the face becomes a major concern.
While many are hesitant to file an insurance claim against a person they know, serious injuries and mounting medical bills must be paid. Illinois has laws pertaining to dog bite cases and the lawyers at Stein & Shulman have spent years relying on their familiarity with these types of cases to obtain insurance settlements for their clients.
In Illinois, “if a dog or other animal without provocation attacks or injures any person who is peacefully 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.” Ill.Rev.Stat. 1973, ch. 8, par. 366. As long as you can prove that the dog caused an injury; that the defendant owned the dog, that the injured person was acting peaceably and not provoking the dog and that the injured person was a place she had the legal right to be, then you have the ability to successfully bring a claim.
< It is critical to act fast when you or a loved one was the victim of a dog bite. Photographs of the injury immediately following the bite provide the best evidence concerning the severity of the attack. Photographs taken a few days later might not accurately capture the severity of the attack. Also, immediate medical attention is important for the safety and well being of the victim. Dog bites will often lead to scarring but infections resulting from a bite must be taken seriously and addressed right away.
The lawyers at our firm have a great deal of experience in handling dog bite cases and the homeowner’s insurance policy will generally provide coverage to the injured party for the medial bills and scarring as well as the pain and suffering. Out team of lawyers are here to answer whatever questions you have and the consultation is free. There is no need to hesitate in contacting our staff to discuss your rights and how was can together fight to get you the recovery you deserve. Call us today at (312) 422-0509.