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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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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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IL injury lawyerBeing bitten by a dog can be a painful experience, even if the dog is a smaller-sized breed. In fact, in many cases, smaller breeds can be more aggressive, due to a heightened fight-or-flight response. If a dog does, in fact, bite another individual, the dog’s owner will usually be held liable for any damages caused by his/her animal. Further, in some cases, the animal may be ordered to be put down. Retaining the services of an attorney having experience in dealing with injuries allegedly caused by dog bites can be critical to recovering compensation.

Instances of dog bites happen all the time, although more often the victim is a child. Given that children are drawn to animals, and in light of the fact that, sometimes, children may tease the animal to the point of annoyance, triggering a response, one issue that sometimes comes up is that the dog was provoked into biting the injured individual. A discussion of the law in Illinois on dog bites, as well as how provocation affects the result, will follow below.

Legal Standard

In Illinois, if a dog, or other animal, actually, attacks, attempts to attack, or injures any person who is peaceably conducting himself/herself in any place where he/she may lawfully be, the owner of the animal will be held to be liable for any damages to such person, in the full amount of the injury. Further, there are two additional aspects of this law that need to be addressed. First, the injury must have been proximately caused by the animal; thus, if a dog bites an individual, and that individual later trips and breaks his/her leg, the dog owner will not be liable for any costs associated with the fracture. Second, the dog bite must not be the result of provocation.

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