Dog Bite Lawyer in Chicago
Each year, millions of Americans are bitten by a dog or attacked by an animal. In fact, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year, with half of those injured being children. Almost one in five people bitten by a dog need medical attention for dog bite injuries each year, and, in 2012, more than 27,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery as a result of dog bites.
If you or a loved one was injured in a dog bite or attack, you need a dog bite attorney who understands the applicable dog bite laws and will fight to get you the money damages you deserve. At Charles T. Newland & Associates, our Chicago personal injury lawyers are dedicated to helping accident and injury victims, including dog bite victims, obtain a dog bite settlement that adequately compensates them for their injuries and damages.
Contact our office at (847) 797-9300 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago dog bite attorneys.
Get Compensation in a Dog Bite Lawsuit
If you or your child were injured in a dog bite attack, you may be able to recover compensation for the following in a dog bite settlement:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
Because dog bites can be especially traumatic, a dog bite victim may suffer from significant emotional injuries in addition to physical injuries. Emotional injuries are more difficult to prove, however, so it is important to consult with a lawyer who understands the full range of injuries suffered and is able to fight to get you compensation for all injuries.
Dog bite laws vary from state to state, but in Illinois, a dog owner can be liable for any injuries caused by his or her dog regardless of whether the dog owner knew that the dog was dangerous or whether the dog had bitten someone in the past. In fact, under Illinois dog bite laws, the dog owner can be liable for injuries caused by the dog even if the dog attempted to bite the victim. For instance, if a dog tries to bite someone and the person trips and falls while trying to get away from the dog, the dog owner could be liable for the resulting injuries even if the dog didn’t actually bite the person.
Contact a Chicago Dog Bite Lawyer
It is important to contact an attorney for dog bites as soon as possible after an attack. Not only are there time limitations on when a claim can be filed, but it is important to preserve any supporting evidence. Contact the dog bite lawyers at Charles T. Newland & Associates today at (847) 797-9300 to schedule a free consultation.