Dog bite injuries can happen quickly and without warning in Cook County. Unfortunately, a majority of dog bite incidents involve a dog that is already known to the victim. For example, the dog owner frequently is a friend or family member, and in many cases, the dog bite injury occurs in the victim’s own home. While some dog bite injuries are not especially serious, Dogsbite.org reports that about 1,000 people on average require treatment in an emergency department every day because of serious dog bite injuries. Moreover, approximately 9,500 people need to be hospitalized every year because of the severity of a dog attack. In many cases, these injuries prove to be fatal.
If you or someone you love sustained injuries in a dog attack, you should learn more about filing a claim by speaking with a Cook County dog bite injury lawyer.
When you are bitten by a dog and suffer serious injuries, you should consider filing a personal injury lawsuit to seek compensation. Each state has its own laws concerning dog bite claims. Under Illinois law (510 ILCS 5/16), Illinois is what is known as a “strict liability” state. This means that the dog owner does not have to be negligent in order to be liable for her dog biting someone. Instead, the dog owner will be strictly liable under the statute if the following are true:
In other words, as long as the injury victim did not do anything to provoke the dog attack and was allowed on the property (either as a guest or a customer, for example), then the dog owner is liable for injuries.
In order to be eligible for financial compensation in a dog bite claim, you must file your case within the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations is the precise amount of time a party has to file a lawsuit. If an injury victim fails to file a claim before the statute of limitations runs out.
You must file your dog bite injury claim within two years of the incident. However, it is important to speak with a Cook County dog bite injury attorney as soon as possible to get started on your claim and to begin the process of seeking compensation to cover your medical bills and lost wages.
Between 2005 and 2017, dog bite injuries resulted in more than 400 fatalities, and many of the injury victims were children. It is extremely important to be aware of the serious risks posed by animals, and to know what to do in the event of an attack. At Arami Law Office, we are dedicated to helping injury victims with dog bite claims, and an experienced Cook County dog bite injury attorney at our firm can speak with you today. Contact us for more information about the services we provide to personal injury victims in Cook County.
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