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IL injury lawyerTens of thousands of years ago, dogs began becoming domesticated creatures and their DNA changed from that of their wolf ancestors. Today, dogs are the most popular species of pet for Americans -- around 68 percent of American households own at least one dog. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year and at least half of those people are young children. Dog bites can result in serious injuries and in some cases, even serious, life-threatening infections. Dog bites can also cause emotional distress, especially in children. Pursuing a dog bite injury claim can be tedious, which is why there are a few things you should know before you begin the process.

Illinois Has a Definition for “Dangerous Dogs” and “Vicious Dogs”

The Illinois Animal Control Act (510 ILCS 5/) contains the governing statutes for injuries sustained by animals, including dogs. According to 510 ILCS 5/2.05a, a “dangerous dog” is a dog that is unmuzzled, unleashed or unattended by its owner and behaves in a manner that would be reasonably construed as a serious and unjustified threat of physical injury or death. A dog that unjustly bites a person and does not cause serious physical injury can also be considered a “dangerous dog.” A “vicious dog” is one that unjustly attacks a person and causes serious physical injury or death, or a dog that has been found to be a “dangerous dog” three separate times.

There Are Certain Responsibilities that Dog Owners Have

In Illinois, there are certain things that dog owners must do to ensure their dogs are not classified as “dangerous” or “vicious dogs.” Illinois dog owners must always make sure their dogs are in their sight, leashed when not on their own property and muzzled if they are known to show aggressive behavior. Even if the dog is on the owner’s property, the owner has a responsibility to keep the dog in an enclosure that is designed to prevent the dog from escaping and/or prevent young children from entering.

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IL injury lawyerThe holiday retail sale has become a popular trend among some Americans in recent years, and while shopping is normally a relatively safe activity, shopping this time of year has become something of a free-for-all. The media is full of instances showing mob-like groups rushing through barricades and even fighting with each other in an effort to purchase a specific product. In some cases, injuries have occurred, which have become horrific and even deadly in nature. Retaining the services of an experienced personal injury attorney can be necessary to ensure that an injured individual is compensated for injuries suffered at the hands of another person.

This past Thanksgiving, a member of the U.S. Military was shot and killed by local law enforcement at an Alabama mall in an apparent case of mistaken identity. As details have come out, it seems apparent that the victim was targeted by police who believed he was the gunman because he was brandishing a weapon as he was exiting the mall. Unfortunately, after the excitement of the Christmas season subsides, the reality is that these events do, in some cases, cause injuries. A discussion of retail rage, including what shopkeepers must do to keep the peace, as well as some common holiday retail sale injuries, will follow below.

Holiday Retail Sale Violence

Typically the busiest shopping weekend of the year, Thanksgiving weekend, in recent years, has seen an increasing number of incidents resulting in injuries. Analysts have studied why injuries occur during the holiday season and determined the unique characteristics of Thanksgiving weekend retail sale promotions, and the frantic retail environment they create, are the primary cause. During this weekend, retailers heavily promote their most desirable items at deeply-discounted prices to encourage more foot traffic. However, as distinguished from many other sales, at this time of year, retailers restrict the supply, leading to aggressive consumer behavior for the few items available.

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IL injury lawyerEscalators are a ubiquitous part of today’s life. From allowing people to get quickly and efficiently to train platforms, to traversing the various levels of airports, in many cases, escalators have replaced stairs as the preferred method of traveling between levels. However, escalators are mechanical machines with many moving parts, and, in some case, these parts do not stop moving merely because a human part gets in the way. Further, children sometimes look at escalators as a type of amusement park attraction and will attempt to “ride” the escalator, increasing the risk of an injury. When escalator accidents do happen, retaining the services of an experienced personal injury attorney can be the difference in collecting reimbursement for injuries or being forced to pay out of pocket.

Recently, a Pawtucket, Rhode Island man was killed after falling off an escalator in a mall. A witness told a news crew on the scene that the man was initially “clowning around,” riding on the rail of the escalator, and fell off, hitting his head and suffering severe head trauma.

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