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Bloomingdale Dog Bite Injury AttorneyOwning a dog is usually a very rewarding experience. Multiple studies have shown that canine companionship is good for humans of all ages, because a dog can reduce stress and promote relaxation. However, not everyone’s experience with dogs is good. Although canines can be domesticated, they do not always act in predictable ways, and they can cause serious harm if they decide to attack someone. Though dog bites can happen to any person, children tend to be most susceptible. Injuries sustained from a dog bite can range in severity from small scrapes or bruises to severe lacerations or serious infections. If you have been bitten by a dog in Illinois, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries.

Legal Liability for Dog Bites

In some states, owners are not liable for first-time dog bite attacks if they did not have a reason to believe their dog was capable of that behavior. Illinois is not one of those states. According to the Illinois Animal Control Act, dog owners are responsible for injuries inflicted by their animals in most situations, even if it is the first time the dog has acted with aggression. Typically, the onlys way an owner would not be held liable is if the victim provoked the dog or if they were trespassing on the owner’s property.

Proving Negligence

Since Illinois law allows a victim to pursue compensation from an dog's owner in most dog bite cases, it may not be necessary to prove that an owner was negligent. However, a person may be able to improve the chances of success in their case if they can show that an animal's owner did not take the proper measures to protect others from injury by their dog. For example, an owner may be found to be negligent if they did not keep their dog on a leash or ensure that it was contained within a yard or enclosure. An owner may also be negligent if their dog had been found to be "dangerous" or "vicious," and they did not meet their legal requirements for ensuring that the animal was kept in a proper enclosure where it could not harm others.

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Bloomingdale Dog Bite Injury LawyerDogs are a man’s best friend and have been for thousands of years. As working animals and loving companions, it is no wonder that dogs are one of the most popular pets in the United States. Even though dogs are typically friendly with cheerful demeanors, they are still animals. You cannot always predict the behavior of a dog, even if they are trained and have no prior history of being aggressive. When dogs attack, the injuries that result can be severe. If you or a loved one has experienced a dog bite injury, you be sure to understand your options for receiving compensation. Here are a few mistakes that a dog bite victim should try to avoid after suffering from attack:

1: Not Getting Medical Attention

The first thing you should do after you are bitten by a dog is seek medical attention. Even if you think your injury is not that bad or that you do not need first aid, you should do so anyways. Getting your injury examined by a medical professional can ensure that the incident and injuries are documented, which can be useful later in the compensation recovery process.

2: Not Contacting the Police

After medical attention has been sought, it is important to call the police and file a dog bite report. These documents will help in the pursuit of compensation from the negligent owner or even an insurance company. Filing a report also allows authorities to effectively deal with the dog bite and help prevent future incidents with the same canine.

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Naperville dog bite injury lawyerMany people enjoy the company of a four-legged friend. It is no wonder that dogs are called man’s best friend, since most canines are very friendly and make great companions. Some dogs, however, are more hostile than others. Studies show that more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs every year throughout the U.S., and more than 800,000 people require medical treatment for dog bite injuries. Fortunately, the state of Illinois allows victims to pursue compensation for dog bite injuries.

Dog Bite Injuries and Infections

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) states that children are more likely to be bitten than adults, because they often do not know the warning signs that a dog may be hostile or dangerous. When children suffer a dog bite, they are more likely to sustain serious injuries. However, dog bites can seriously harm people of any age, and injuries can range from a small scratch or bruise to deep lacerations and broken bones. In addition to these injuries, any dog bite that breaks the skin can also lead to an infection or illness if it is not properly treated. Common infections that occur from dog bites include Pasteurella, MRSA, tetanus and in some cases, even rabies.

Illinois’ Animal Control Act

The Illinois Animal Control Act sets forth guidelines for how animal bites should be handled legally. According to the Act, the owner or caretaker of a dog that has bitten someone must have the dog examined by a licensed veterinarian within 24 hours, and the dog must be confined and placed under observation for at least 10 days. The victim will be notified with the findings of the examination, and if the dog is found to have rabies, the victim's physician will also be notified. The Act also states that Illinois dog owners are liable for any injuries or damages sustained by a person if their dog, unprovoked, attacked the person while that individual was in a place where he or she was lawfully allowed to be.

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Dogs continue to be one of the most popular types of household pets for many reasons. Typically, dogs have a good-natured, people-loving demeanor, which is why they are common family pets. Even still, dogs are animals, and people often forget that they can also be unpredictable and dangerous at times. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 4.5 million individuals are bitten by dogs every year and more than 800,000 of those people seek medical treatment for their injuries. Unfortunately, children make up a rather large percentage of bite victims, around half, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

Why Do Dogs Bite?

There are a number of reasons why a dog might bite a human. Most of the time, when a dog bites someone, it is because the dog is reacting to something. The only way dogs can communicate with humans is through physical actions. Biting is often a dog’s response to a stressful or scary situation. Animals sometimes bite if they feel threatened by something. Dogs can also bite because they are sick or in pain due to an illness or injury. 

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DuPage County dog bite attorney, dog bite laws, DuPage county personal injury attorney, personal injury claim, personal injury lawDogs have been considered man’s closest companion for thousands of years. Given the explosion of pet-related services and businesses in the last 10 years, the connection between a dog and its owner is stronger than ever. Most encounters with dogs are pleasant with no real risk of injury; however, dog bites do happen and are often related to uneducated or inattentive owners, or a dog that has not been properly socialized or trained.

Dog bites can inflict significant and permanent damage and should never be taken lightly. According to a report issued by State Farm for 2017, Illinois came in second in the country in terms of the number of dog bite claims filed with this insurer, with 318 for $12.6 million. This is just one insurance company that offers coverage for pet-related incidents. Thus, even more bites and injuries occurred throughout the State that are not reflected in these numbers.

Illinois takes the responsibility of pet owners to control their dogs and keep other people safe from harm seriously, and has laws in effect that govern when these owners may be legally responsible for an injury caused by their dog.

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