If there is a serious injury, dog bite injury lawyers can help hold the dog’s owner accountable. We can’t change what happened, but we can seek compensation for all medical expenses, psychological harm, and pain and suffering caused by the dog bite.
Per the CDC, almost 800,000 people end up in a hospital per year from dog bites, with around 400,000 of those being children. We love dogs, but the reality is that dogs do bite, and they often bite children. Over 4 million people are bitten per year. With 800,000 requiring hospitalizations, it’s not surprising that so many people need dog bite injury lawyers.
The dog bite injury lawyers of Carlson Bier are here to help.
What is the Dog Bite Injury Law?
In Illinois, the Illinois Animal Control Act states “if a dog or other animal, without provocation, attacks or injures any person who is peaceably conducting himself in any place where he may lawfully be, the owner of such dog or other animal is liable in damages to such person for the full amount of the injury sustained.”
One of our dog bite injury attorneys recently helped a client obtain a settlement of nearly a quarter of a million dollars. When the physical or psychological injuries are serious, serious compensation can be obtained to make you whole.
Common injuries from a dog bite include:
- Puncture wounds
- Broken bones
- Dislocated joints (shoulders, wrists, etc.)
It is not uncommon for the medical bills for a dog bite injury to surpass $1,000,000, particularly if reconstructive surgery is required to correct the injuries. In addition, it is common for dog bite injury victims to require procedures such as skin grafting or other procedures for scar diminishment.
Who Can be Sued?
Claims for a dog bite injury can be made against the dog owner. It is also possible that a third party, who is not the dog owner, could be sued if their negligence caused the injuries you suffered.
If you have been hurt by a dog, you should not hesitate to contact one of our dog bite injury lawyers. We can help you pursue relief, and FYI – the person who typically pays is an insurance company – not the friend or family member who owned the dog.
I was bit by a dog, what should I do?
- Seek medical attention.
- Report the attack to the police.
- Gather all available information (breed of dog, name of owner, witnesses, photos of injury, photos of dog, etc.)
- Preserve any evidence you have (torn clothing, damaged property, etc.)
- Call a dog bite injury attorney at Carlson Bier
- DO NOT talk to the dog owner or dog owners insurance company without a lawyer. You may accidentally waive your rights to sue.
If you or a loved one have been bitten by a dog, you may be entitled to compensation. Click the button below to submit your information to one of our dog bite injury lawyers.