Dogs are one of the most common types of pets in the United States. Dogs can be loyal, loving companions, but they can also prove dangerous to other humans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 800,000 Americans are bitten by dogs every year. This number may seem shocking, especially if you are fond of dogs. But even dogs that seem friendly and lovable can attack innocent bystanders.
If a negligent pet owner’s dog attacked and bit you, it is time to hire a lawyer. The personal injury attorneys at Soffietti, Johnson, Teegen, Argueta, Bawcum & Barone, can help you. With more than five decades of experience handling animal attacks, we can help you bring the negligent pet owner to justice and obtain compensation for your damages.
Understanding Illinois Dog Bite Law
Illinois has a strict liability law regarding dog bites. This means that dog owners are responsible for their pets’ actions, even if an owner claims that he or she had no warning that the dog might cause an injury. There are exceptions to this rule — for example, if someone was trespassing or provoked the animal.
To prove that an owner is liable for a dog bite, you must be able to prove that:
- The dog attacked and injured you.
- You had a right to be on the dog owner’s property.
- You did not provoke the dog.
Our attorneys have handled numerous dog bite cases and have extensive experience with these laws. We can help put together a persuasive case and work to obtain the maximum compensation available to you.
Learn More About Your Case
You can discuss your injuries with our skilled dog bite lawyers by scheduling an appointment at one of our offices. We have two locations in Lake County: Fox Lake and Waukegan. Call us at 888-351-2429 or contact us online. Se habla español.