Every year hundreds of people in Illinois are bitten by dogs, often requiring medical attention and suffering emotional damage and trauma. In fact, Illinois is the state with the second most dog bite claims according to State Farm insurance company. If you suffered a dog bite, call an Illinois dog bite attorney today at 847-305-4105.
In 2017, State Farm paid $132 million as a result of 3,600 dog-related injury claims. Let that sink in for a second. State Farm Insurance paid $132 MILLION to settle dog bite cases. That’s just one insurance company.
Potential Dog Bite Injuries
Dog bites can cause severe injury and also spread infections. Per the Center for Disease Control (which has a great dog bite page in case you want to check it out), dog bites can cause the following diseases:
- Rabies: rabies is a virus that affects the brain and is commonly spread through the bite and saliva of an infected animal.
- Capnocytophaga bacteria: this is a bacteria that lives in the mouths of humans, dogs and cats.
- Pasteurella: this is a bacteria that is commonly spread through a dog bite wound.
- MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus): staph infections that is difficult to treat with antibiotics.
- Tetanus: it’s not just a “shot.” “It is a toxin produced by a type of bacteria called Clostridium tetani. This toxin causes rigid paralysis in people and could be a problem in deep bite wounds.” CDC
If you or your loved one has been involved in a canine attack, contact the Chicago Legal Group today at 847-305-4105 to speak with an experienced Illinois dog bite attorney.
What is the liability of a dog owner?
Many states follow a “one-bite rule” for dog bites and other animal attacks. In one-bite states, a dog owner is not on the hook the first time a dog bites someone.
Illinois does not follow the “one bite” rule. Rather, Illinois is a “strict-liability” state. Meaning, if your dog or other animal bites, the owner is on the hook.
The Illinois dog bite statute states that “If a dog or other animal, without provocation, attacks, attempts to attack, or injures any person who is peaceably conducting himself or herself in any place where he or she may lawfully be, the owner of such dog or other animal is liable in civil damages to such person for the full amount of the injury proximately caused thereby.”
Steps to take after a dog bite incident
Immediately after you or a loved one suffers a dog bite:
- Report the incident to the police department
- Seek medical attention
- Obtain the name and contact information of the owner of the animal
- Secure contact information from any witnesses
- Photograph the dog as well as the location where the bite occurred
- Photograph any visible injuries or property damage
- Retain any damaged clothing or property
Most importantly, do not accept compensation, accept blame, or speak with the dog owner’s insurance company until you consult an Illinois dog bite attorney.
We have worked with multiple victims of dog bites throughout Illinois. Learn more about two recent cases where our office was retained to represent dog bite victims in a past blog article. If you want to speak with an Illinois dog bite attorney about how the Chicago Legal Group can help you for injuries suffered in a dog bite incident, call today at 847-305-4105.
Obtain a free consultation today with an Illinois dog bite attorney to see how we can help you recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Chicago Legal Group – 847-305-4105.