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Now that warmer weather is upon us, many families are spending more time outside. For some, this means bringing their canine companions on trips to the park or walks around the block. It is very important if you decide to bring your dog out to a public place that you are aware and in control of his or her actions at all times. A dog bite can cause serious injuries, and knowing how to prevent such a situation is important.
What Happens If Your Dog Bites Or Injures Another Person?
The State of Illinois clearly spells out that the owner or handler of a dog is responsible for any injury the dog may inflict on another person, animal or property.
Section 16 of the Illinois Animal Control Act (510 ILCS 5/16) states, “If a dog or other animal, without provocation, attacks, attempts to attack, or injures any person who is peaceably conducting himself or herself in any place where he or she may lawfully be, the owner of such dog or other animal is liable in civil damages to such person for the full amount of the injury proximately caused thereby.
This means that you could be held financially responsible for any injury your dog creates in most situations.
How to Prevent Dog Attacks
There are a few things you can do—in addition proper training—that could reduce the chances of your dog attacking another person, including:
Seek Help After a Dog Bite
While you may take every precaution to prevent your dog from attacking or biting someone else, not everyone will always be so careful. If you have suffered injuries due to a dog bite or animal attack, we can help you pursue the compensation you deserve. Contact an experienced Hinsdale personal injury attorney at Martoccio & Martoccio today and schedule your free consultation with a member of our team today.