Dog bites can cause serious injuries that are often life-changing. Many victims suffer long term, and even permanent physical and emotional damages that significantly impact their day-to-day lives, sometimes resulting in ongoing medical treatment and/or the inability to work. Sadly, some animal attacks even result in death.
If you have been injured by a dog attack that is the result of a pet owner’s negligence, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for past and future medical treatment, scarring and disfigurement, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Our personal injury lawyers can help you obtain financial compensation to cover the costs involved with your injuries so you can concentrate on the important things in life- like recovery.
Serious dog attacks are not uncommon in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly five million people are bitten, scratched or mauled by dogs every year. About 50% of injured victims are children. Approximately 885,000 people suffer dog bite injuries so severe that they require medical treatment, and almost 400,000 victims are treated in emergency rooms. On average, 27,000 people annually undergo reconstructive surgery as a result of their injuries. Each year, about 16 victims lose their lives. Those who are at the highest risk for suffering a dog attack include children between the ages of 5 and 9, the elderly, and mail carriers.
While some dog bites result in small punctures, bruises and scratches that only need minor first-aid treatment or no aftercare at all, many others cause significant injuries that result in long-term damage. According to the CDC, victims most commonly suffer injuries to the arms, hands, legs, feet, head or neck. Common dog bite injuries sustained include:
By law, dog owners and other parties in Illinois can be held liable when dogs attack. Under the Illinois Animal Control Act, owners and keepers are legally responsible for injuries sustained due to a dog attack when neglect can be shown as the cause and:
If you’ve been attacked by a dog, there are a number of things you can do to improve your chances for a successful personal injury claim. When possible, and without putting yourself at risk for additional injuries:
If you are the victim of a dog bite, contact a personal injury attorney at Herbert Law Firm right away at 312-655-7660 for a free consultation and discuss your legal options.