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Dog Bites & Animal Attacks

Dog Bites & Animal Attacks

In select states, dog owners will not be held liable for a dog’s first bite attack, often known as the “one bite” rule. In the event a minor child is attacked by an animal, it is the parent’s responsibility to pursue legal action for the child.

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Dog Bites & Animal Attacks

Wheaton / Will County / Joliet Dog Bites & Animal Attacks Lawyers

Dog bites and animal attacks can be traumatic and can cause serious injuries. Unfortunately, dog bites and animal attacks occur too frequently. Over 4.7 million people are injured in the United States every year.  Formerly Illinois adhered to the “one free bite” law, which favored animal owners and relieved them from liability because they were considered “unaware” of an animal’s violent nature. This law, however, was changed by the Animal Control Act. Now if a dog, or another animal, attacks or injures a person, the owner of the animal is liable for the full amount of the injury.

Local municipalities may also have laws that apply to a dog bite case such as leash laws, vaccination requirements, or even restrictions on the ownership of certain breeds. The complexities involved in local and state laws make it wise to contact a skilled animal attack attorney at Zayed Law Offices to help you pursue compensation for your animal attack injuries.

Some of the more common physical ramifications of a dog bite or animal attack are:

  • Scarring
  • Disfigurement
  • Severed nerves
  • Eye damage
  • Lacerations
  • Puncture wounds

Dog bites can arise from a multitude of situations. Some of the most common circumstances surrounding dog bites are: injury on private property, leash law violations, attacks resulting from inadequate fencing, escaped animals, and dog bites in public areas.

Some of the important steps to take in the event of a dog bite or animal attack are to: (1) Seek medical attention; (2) Report the bite to the police; (3) Photograph the dog or animal if possible; (3) Identify owner of the animal; (4) Identify possible witnesses; (5)Contact animal control; (6) Photograph injuries; (7) Photograph and save clothes you were wearing during your injury; (8) Do not accept communication from the dog owner or the dog owner’s insurance company.

Dog bites nearly always involve the legal issue of premises liability. It is possible to recover significant damages against responsible dog owners, landlords, and even homeowners insurance carriers.

 

In select states, dog owners will not be held liable for a dog’ s first bite attack.

In the event your minor child is attacked by an animal, it is the parents’ responsibility to pursue legal action for the child.

Yes. Most homeowners’ insurance policy have provisions that apply to dog bite and animal attack claims.

Even if the dog owner doesn’t have homeowners’ insurance it may still be possible to pursue a claim. In some cases, when a dog owner rents property, the homeowner, may have applicable insurance.

In the event of an animal attack, the first thing to do is to seek medical attention. The next most important thing is to file a dog bite/animal attack report with the appropriate legal entity, usually either the local police or local animal control. Photographs of the bite injury will also be very valuable to substantiating your claim.

Nearly 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs each year, with 50% of these bites incurred by children under 10 years old. Roughly 100 children are bitten by dogs in the United States every day, and from 15-20 people are killed by terrible dog attacks every year.