Answering Questions About Dog Bites
At Rosenberg, Rosenberg, Eisenberg & Associates, LLC, we understand the physical and emotional effect of an animal attack. When you or a loved one suffers injuries from an animal, you likely have many questions.
Our attorneys are ready to answer your questions when you call 847-640-1676. Here are some common concerns our clients raise.
Are Owners Always Responsible For Their Dog’s Behavior In Illinois?
Dog owners have a responsibility to control their animals. While Illinois does not have strict liability laws against dog owners, in many situations owners may be held responsible for injuries caused by their pets. We will work to obtain maximum restitution for your injuries, pain and suffering.
Are Specific Breeds Of Dogs Deemed Dangerous Or Vicious in Arlington Heights And Other Chicago Suburbs?
Illinois does not ban any specific breed but considers a dog dangerous based on its behavior. However, several nearby municipalities have passed ordinances banning or restricting certain breeds such as pit bulls. Our attorneys are deeply familiar with the Animal Control Act and laws governing nearby jurisdictions, and we can assist you in seeking justice for the injuries you or your child suffered from an unprovoked attack.
What If A Dog Isn’t Dangerous But Still Causes An Injury?
Even an overly friendly dog can injure you. For example, a large dog may unintentionally knock a child down, or a dog chasing someone who is riding a bicycle may cause the rider to crash. These injuries often still fall under the responsibility of the dog owner or handler.
My Neighbor’s Dog Bit My Child. What Should I Do?
Your first step is to seek medical attention immediately. Dog bites, even if not serious, can lead to infections and other complications. Then follow these steps:
- Contact police right so they can gather information such as a description of the dog and the name of its owner.
- Provide police with the names of any witnesses to the attack.
- Take pictures of the injuries and other critical evidence.
- Obtain a copy of the police report and any medical reports.
- Inform animal control officials of the bite within 24 hours so they can examine the dog for rabies.
- Do not discuss your case with anyone or post it on social media.
- Contact an attorney.
Your lawyer will deal with insurance agents and assist you with any legal matters. Even if you decide not to file a lawsuit, an attorney can help you maximize your insurance claim and resolve the matter effectively.
40 Years Of Combined Experience To Serve You
If you or your child is a victim of a dog bite or attack, you have a lot to deal with. Rosenberg, Rosenberg, Eisenberg & Associates, LLC, is ready to help you seek the compensation you deserve for your physical, emotional and financial suffering. Contact us at 847-640-1676 or use our online form as soon as possible so we can start building a case. Interpreting services are available.