Dogs can be perfect companions in that they are friendly and lovable. However, they can also be very protective of their family members and attack unexpectedly when a stranger approach, even when that person means them no harm. So, it makes sense that the state of Illinois has dog bite laws in place for these types of situations. The personal injury lawyers at the Makarone Accident Lawyers Law Firm are highly experienced when it comes to providing legal representation to victims of dog bites.
What causes Dogs to bite?
The CDC states that there are approximately 4.5 million Americans that get bitten by dogs every year with seniors and young children being the most common victims. According to the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), there are 4 primary reasons that dogs turn aggressive and inflict harm on a person including:
- A person causes their stress level to escalate
- They may not be feeling well
- They might nip you when you’re playing with them
- They react and lash out because they get scared or someone startles them
Furthermore, the ASPCA identified some additional factors that may cause them to bite. These include inadequate supervision and training, heredity, and a lack of socialization. Dog bite injuries can be very serious and require immediate medical attention, but injuries can also be emotional and psychological consequences as well. That is why it is important to hire the services of one of our lawyers.
The Illinois Dog Bite Law
According to state statute 510 ILCS 5/2. 05a, or the Illinois Dog Bite Law as it is more commonly referred to, “any individual dog anywhere other than upon the property of an owner or custodian of the dog and unmuzzled, unleashed, or unattended by its owner” is considered a dangerous dog by law. Furthermore, the animal owner is required by law to keep their dog(s) on a leash whenever they are walking them on private or public property. Should the dog escape and cause damage, the owner will be held liable and that is a fact.
Negligence in Dog Bite Lawsuits
Negligence is often the basis for most personal injury lawsuits and dog bite cases are no exception. Our experienced lawyers know that to prove negligence, you must be able to show the following:
- The dog tried to attack the person or physically harmed them
- The dog wasn’t provoked
- The victim was legally on the property where the attack and injuries occurred
Furthermore, if a dog jumps on you, knocks you down, and injures you, you have the right to sue for compensation. For more information or to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer, call the Makarone Accident Lawyers Law Firm today. We’d be glad to help you get the assistance you need.