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I Was Bitten by a Friend’s Dog. Is My Friend Liable for my Damages?

I Was Bitten by a Friend’s Dog. Is My Friend Liable for my Damages?

Quite possibly, yes. In Illinois, a dog’s owner is liable for any damages caused by the dog. This includes any injuries inflicted on victims through bites or other attacks.

But your friend is not necessarily liable for your damages. Whether he or she is liable or not depends largely on whether you provoked the dog into biting you. When the victim provoked the dog, the victim is generally deemed to be the one responsible for his or her damages. In dog bite cases, proving whether the dog was provoked is key.

Unlike some other states, Illinois does not have a “one bite” rule. Any time a dog bites a victim, the dog’s owner is strictly liable for the victim’s damages unless the owner can prove that the victim provoked his or her dog. If the victim was a young child, he or she might not be able to be held responsible for provoking the dog.

Which Damages May I Seek?

You may be able to seek compensation for your medical bills and treatment costs. Depending on the severity of the bite and how it affects your ability to work, you might also be able to seek compensation for your lost wages, any disability aids you need such as a wheelchair or motor scooter, and potential financial losses from missed career opportunities.

In the event of a victim’s death, the victim’s family may file a wrongful death claim and seek coverage for their lost companionship and the loss of his or her projected earnings and household contributions.

Work with a Chicago Dog Bite Attorney

If you or your child have been injured in a dog bite, seek medical attention for the injury right away to ensure that it is treated properly. Then, contact The Law Offices of Thomas A. Morrissey at 708-352-3790 to schedule your initial legal consultation with our firm. We are proud advocates for dog bite and other personal injury victims. Let us provide you with quality legal counsel and driven legal representation as you work through the personal injury claim process.

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