According to the CDC, nearly 5 million Americans get bitten by dogs every year, some of which are seriously injured and have to seek immediate medical attention. While we like to think of our dogs as our children and family members, the Illinois Dog Bite Law exists for a very good reason. Dog bites not only result in physical injuries. In many cases, those physical injuries lead to psychological harm as well. Furthermore, the more severe dog bites often require surgical intervention to repair the damage. Sadly, there have been fatalities recorded as well. Thus, never ignore your injuries or the need to call on a lawyer after you have been injured.
If there’s one thing a dog is good at, it’s providing us with an endless supply of love and companionship. However, even the most loving dog can bite. If you or a loved one gets attacked and bitten, it’s important that you seek legal advice immediately and find out what your options are. That’s where the Makarone Law Firm personal injury lawyers can play a critical role. We litigate aggressively for all clients no matter what type of personal injury claim or personal injury lawsuit they are filing.
Our experienced litigators have handled numerous dog bite cases and understand the Illinois Dog Bite Law or Statute 510 ILCS 5/2. This statute defines what “dangerous” means in terms of a dog’s behavior and mandates the animal owner’s responsibility where the safety of others is concerned. The personal injury lawyer that is assigned to your case can explain the ins and outs of the law so that you can better determine what course of action to take. We understand the physical injuries and mental trauma you must endured and our compassionate lawyers are always here to help you.
According to other CDC statistics, the most common dog bite victims are seniors and young children. So, the question arises, “Why do dogs bite?” The AVMA or American Veterinary Medical Association addressed this question and determined that there were 4 factors that caused a dog to bite someone – fright, illness, playfulness, and stress. In addition to this, the ASPCA added heredity, inadequate supervision and training, and the lack of socialization to that list of factors.
As your legal representative, we will fight to see you get the compensation you deserve whether it’s in negotiations with an insurer and their lawyers or in the courtroom in front of a judge and jury. For more information about your legal options and to schedule a FREE no-obligation consultation, call the Makarone Law Firm and speak with a personal injury lawyer today.