Even the friendliest dog can bite if it is provoked, frightened, or suffering from a neurological condition. Other dogs simply bite out of aggression. If you have been bitten by a dog, you could find yourself facing serious injuries and significant expenses. Fortunately, you have the option of seeking compensation for these expenses through a dog bite claim.
Under Illinois law, a dog’s owner is liable for any damage the dog inflicts upon a victim. Unlike other states that specify only bites in their dog bite statutes, Illinois’ law covers all injuries a victim can face from a dog attack, such as scratches and injuries sustained by being knocked over by a powerful dog.
In Illinois, there is no “one bite” rule. This means that even the first time a dog bites a victim, that dog’s owner is liable for the victim’s damages. The only exception to this law is cases where dogs are provoked into attacking their victims. If a dog’s owner can prove that the victim somehow caused the bite by provoking the dog, the victim may not recover compensation for his or her damages. Only an adult or older child can be held responsible for provoking a dog into biting – if the victim is a young child, he or she can not be held responsible for his or her injury even if the child’s actions did cause the dog to bite.
Like other types of personal injury claim, the key to a successful dog bite claim is the evidence the victim provides to prove that the bite occurred and that he or she did not cause it through negligence. Eyewitness accounts and photographs of the scene can be used to prove these points. To prove that you have received medical treatment and need compensation for your bills and related medical costs, documentation of your treatment, and interactions with healthcare providers can be used to support your claim.
If you have been injured because of a dog bite, you could potentially recover monetary compensation for your expenses. Talk to an experienced personal injury attorney at The Law Offices of Thomas A. Morrissey at 708-352-3790 today to schedule your free legal consultation with our firm. Dog bites cases can be complicated and if you have grounds for this type of claim, it is important that you work with an experienced personal injury attorney who can represent your needs and get you the money you deserve.
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