Many dogs are friendly and make excellent family pets. This is one of he reasons why people in Illinois love dogs so much. Most of these dogs live their lives without an attack incident. Even working dogs can live their entire lives without attacking someone. Yet, even though most of the people-owned dogs in Illinois do not pose a threat to anyone, there are innumerable instances of animal attacks and dog bites that have been reported every year. The dog bites and attacks can sometimes cause mental and physical injuries to the victim that was attacked. They can cause all sorts of legal and financial and liability problems for the animal or dog owner.
Responsible dog owners know how vital it is to ensure their dogs are trained, restrained and leashed. However, the fact is that oftentimes, best trained dogs can behave unnaturally, if they feel threatened or are having a bad day in dog terms. As a dog owner, it is essential that you take the time to research your legal responsibilities with dog ownership so you know what to do to keep your pet and the bystanders and neighbors safe.
If you’ve been bitten by a dog, you should also make yourself aware of what it says in Illinois’s dog bite law. You will find out what your responsibilities are and how the owner’s liability for their dog’s behavior plays out under the law in Illinois.
Damages in Dog Bite Claim
It’s important not to seek out compensation for a dog bite as a way to try to get fast and easy money. If that is your goal, you are going to be disappointed. If you’ve been injured by a dog bite, you should be compensated for it if the bite occurred while you were an innocent. In other words, don’t bother seeking compensation if you were bitten trying to rob an establishment with guard dogs and signs clearly stating there were guard dogs on the property.
If you are an innocent victim, you are eligible for damages due to the hurt and injuries you suffered or are still recovering from after the dog attack. The amount you are entitled to will depend on the situation and the severity of the injury. Also taken into consideration is the phase of recovery you are in and future medical costs that you need due to the severity of the attack. Other points that will affect the amount of compensation you receive is if you’ve got disfigured or have scars and any impact the attack may have on your future and your ability to work and live your life to the fullest.
Be sure to talk to a personal injury lawyer who is experienced in dog bite and dog attack cases. Our firm, Makarone Law Firm, has this experience and will be able to tell you how to best proceed with your claim.