Don’t Let a Dog Bite Leave You Helpless!
Dog owners undertake a serious liability when they purchase or adopt a pet: they undertake the legal liability for a canine’s unpredictable actions, especially in case of an attack. Most states employ a “first bite law” to legally protect dog owners from liability of unforeseen, uncharacteristic attacks by their pooch: Illinois is not one of those states.
So if you are looking to claim personal injury against a malicious dog, or other animal, in the State of Illinois, you are not required to present any proof of previous violent or aggressive behavior by the animal. Nor do need to show that the dog’s owner dog was negligent in any way. The Illinois Animal Control Act creates a statutory cause of action for people injured by dogs or other animals, and makes animal owners strictly liable for the harm their animals cause. Even if the animal was not trying to hurt anyone, its owner is still responsible. Despite this there are many defenses, and other circumstances, that can disqualify victims from the protections of the Animal Control Act. If you have been injured by a dog or other animal in any way, it is critical that you understand how the law effects your rights to compensation for your injuries. Please call our office now and speak to John or William Fitzpatrick today, so that we can inform you of your rights, protect your claims, and maximize your recovery. We are happy to talk to you for free, and there is no obligation.
As personal injury attorneys, we have been representing victims of dog bites, from children to postmen, for decades, and we want to help you. To learn more about dog bite personal injury claims, please call (312) 553-2200. We are prepared to go all the way to get you the compensation you deserve. Call us today.