Dog Bites and Animal Attacks

Although many Americans view their pets as part of the family, it is crucial not to lose sight of the fact that dogs are animals that must be trained and socialized. Despite their owner’s best efforts to instill patterns of positive behavior, any dog can bite. The best-trained dogs can still act unpredictably under the right circumstances, regardless of their usual temperament. Because of their impulsive behavior, dog bites are a widespread occurrence.

If you or a loved one has sustained injuries resulting from dog bites or an animal attack, it is imperative to work with an experienced legal team. We understand how devastating a dog attack can be, so we handle every claim with compassion and understanding. Our goal is to help you achieve fair compensation and provide you with a sense of justice following your attack.

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Dog owners are personally liable for injuries caused by their animals. Any dog breed can cause severe injuries, whether they are a small or large breed. The only defense an animal owner can raise would be to harm the animal or otherwise provoke the attack.

These cases are often covered by insurance under a homeowner’s insurance policy or a renter’s insurance policy. 

Injuries sustained from dog bites and animal attacks are often severe. Victims frequently require specialized medical attention or reconstructive surgery to make a full recovery from their injuries. Small children are especially vulnerable to disfigurement caused by dog bites due to their size in compassion to the dog.

  • Facial lacerations and scarring
  • Permanent disfigurement
  • Broken bones
  • Eye injuries or blindness
  • Loss of fingers and toes, extremities, nose, or ears
  • Infection
  • Nerve damage
  • Organ damage
  • Emotional trauma
  • Death

Illinois law provides strict liability under the Animal Control Act. Victims do not have to prove the dog owner knew the dog had vicious tendencies.

“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.”

510 ILCS 5/16

Choosing the right attorney can make all the difference during your personal injury claim. The experienced attorneys at Scott W. Sheen & Associates ensure you receive the compensation you deserve in a stress-free manner.

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