Many 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.
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.
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.
Dogs make great family pets, but it is important to realize that they are still animals. Any animal can become dangerous for a variety of reasons, which is why it is important to understand the warning signs of aggression in dogs. If you or a loved one have been bitten by a dog and have suffered injuries as a result, you should contact a DuPage County dog bite injury lawyer as soon as possible. Medical expenses related to the treatment of a dog bite wound can become expensive, especially if the wound is severe. At the Mevorah Law Offices LLC, we can help you make sure you receive the compensation you deserve from a dog bite injury. Call our office today at 630-932-9100 to schedule a free consultation.
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