Des Plaines Dog Bite Lawyers

Des Plaines Dog Bite Lawyers

Dog Bite Injury Lawyer Serving Clients in Des Plaines, Illinois

Did you know that the state of Illinois is routinely listed as one of the “top states” for dog bite claims in the country? Indeed, according to a report from NBC News, Illinois frequently has more than 300 dog bite claims per year that cost millions of dollars. If you or someone you love sustained serious injuries as a result of a dog bite, it is important to learn more about filing a claim for financial compensation. The Illinois Animal Control Act (510 ILCS 5/) clarifies when a dog owner can be liable for an animal attack, and how an injury victim can seek compensation.

You should discuss your case with an experienced Des Plaines dog bite injury lawyer. An advocate at Arami Law Office can get started on your case today.

Getting the Facts About Dog Bites in Des Plaines

How often do dog attacks happen? The following facts and figures are from 2017, and they are reported by DogsBite.org:

  • Around 4.5 million dog bites happen each year;
  • About 20 percent of all dog bites become infected;
  • Approximately 28,0000 people undergo reconstructive surgery each year due to dog bites;
  • Serious dog bite injuries are on the rise, with an 86 percent increase in hospitalization rates for dog bites between 1993 and 2008;
  • Dog bites cost about $600 million each year in homeowners’ liability insurance claims alone;
  • Average costs of a hospital stay for a dog bite injury is more than $18,000;
  • Serious dog bite injuries happen more often in rural areas than in urban areas;
  • Adults who live with dogs are more likely to be bitten than people who do not have dogs in their home;
  • More than 1,000 people seek emergency department treatment for dog bite injuries each day; and
  • Dog bite injury victims suffer financial losses of more than $1 billion each year.

Dog Bite Law and Strict Liability in Des Plaines

Illinois is a “strict liability” state for dog bite claims. Whereas many personal injury lawsuits operate on a theory of negligence (meaning that the defendant was careless or reckless, and that behavior resulted in an injury), Des Plaines plaintiffs in dog bite lawsuits do not need to prove that the dog owner was negligent. Instead, the mere fact that the dog attacked, as long as it was not provoked, is usually enough to hold the owner accountable.

The statute specifically states that, “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.”

Proving Your Des Plaines Dog Bite Case

What does a plaintiff need to be able to prove to win a dog bite injury case? Remember that the plaintiff does not need to prove that the dog owner was negligent. Instead, she must only be able to show:

  • Dog bit the plaintiff and caused an injury;
  • Plaintiff was not trespassing at the time of the dog attack; and
  • Plaintiff did not provoke the dog.

A Des Plaines Dog Bite Lawyer Can Help

Do you need assistance with a dog bite injury claim? A Des Plaines dog bite injury attorney can help with your case. Contact Arami Law Office for more information.