Dogs are man’s best friend and even though most dogs are tame and domestic, people fail to understand that they are still animals. Because of their innate ability to sense human emotion, many people personify their pet and think of them as human. However, this simply isn’t true. They are undeniably animals, and animals can at times be unpredictable and aggressive. According to the CDC, approximately four and half million Americans sustained injuries resulting from dog bites in 2013 alone.
However, many people fail to realize that in many cases they are entitled to restitution for their injuries. Negligence on the behalf of the dog’s owner could be to blame, and it simply isn’t fair for someone’s carelessness to harm you or a loved one. Liability is usually placed on the owner even if the dog doesn’t have a history of aggressive behavior. Some states adhere to a “one bite rule,” but Illinois imposes strict liability that covers victims on other injuries caused by the animal. Additionally, the owner is liable if they fail to put an end to an attack. In most cases, you are entitled to restitution as long as you did not provoke the dog to attack you.
The Law Offices of Robert T. Edens, P.C. has helped countless victims of dog bites in Antioch, Illinois win the compensation they deserve. Don’t allow yourself to be taken advantage of by seeking our legal counsel. If you live in Antioch, Illinois, and have been the victim of a dog bite, we urge you to seek help to ensure you aren’t leaving money on the table. We specialize in personal injury law and dog bite cases, and our experience can help you gain compensation. Call us local at (847) 395-2200 or toll-free at (855) 760-6746 for a free initial consultation.