Dog and Animal Bites

Ask any good dog owner and they’ll tell you the same thing: dogs can be your best friends.  If a dog is properly trained, it can be a best friend to child and a wonderful companion to an elderly person.  However, when a dog is not properly trained, it can seriously injure even the largest adult.

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Over 700,000 people are victims of dog bites every year in the U.S.  Many of these require serious medical attention and can leave unsightly scars, often on the neck hands or face.  When a dangerous breed of dog attacks, the resulting injuries can be catastrophic.  Aggressive dogs maul children and adults alike every day.  Unfortunately, children are usually the ones that are attacked.

Some dogs have a reputation (whether earned or not) for being naturally violent.  The truth is probably that the owner has control over how the dog acts.  However, it is known that over 65% of fatalities caused by dog mauling come from just two breeds—Pit Bulls and Rottweilers.

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Illinois has enacted the Animal Control Act, which basically states that if a dog or other animal attacks a person who has done nothing to provoke it, the owner of the dog is liable for the injuries that are caused by the animal.  This is different from many other states dog bite laws, where a victim can usually only recover is that victim can show that the attacking dog had a vicious propensity and that the owner knew about the vicious propensities.  Because of this difference, the threshold needed to recover for injuries caused from a dog bite is lowered here in Chicago and throughout Illinois—good news for victims of dog or animal bites.

Because a victim of a dog attack can cause severe injury, scarring of the skin, loss of vision, and severe emotional distress.  The attorneys at the Law Office of Nicholas Baker know that many homeowners or renters insurance policies cover dog attacks in Chicago and throughout Illinois.  A proper investigation involving police, witnesses and interviews of the neighbors of the dog owners must take place as soon as possible to determine the history of the dog and its owners.  As with all of our injury cases, the attorneys at the Law Office of Nicholas Baker charge no fee unless we win.  If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in Chicago or anywhere else in Illinois, please contact us for a free consultation.  We understand it may be difficult or uncomfortable to meet with us, so we will come to your home, office or hospital to discuss your case and give you our 100% free consultation!