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Dog bites are extremely common and can cause serious injuries. Sadly, dog bite victims are most often children and their injuries can be permanent and devastating. In Illinois, the law is clear. With few exceptions, owners are strictly liable for the actions of their dogs.
At the Law Office of Martoccio & Martoccio, our attorneys are experienced in handling dog bite claims. We appreciate the severity of the injuries dog bites can cause and aggressively pursue maximum compensation on behalf of our clients.
Under the Illinois Animal Control Act, owners are liable if their dogs (or other animals) attack, attempt to attack, or cause injuries to any person. The only situations in which an owner is not liable for the actions of his or her dog are if the dog is provoked or if the victim was illegally on the owner’s premises. In order to successfully prove a personal injury case related to a dog bite, your attorney must show that the dog belonged to the owner, the dog was not provoked, the victim was acting peaceably, the victim was not trespassing, and the dog’s actions caused the victims injuries. Our attorneys are experienced in investigating, preparing and proving dog bite cases. We will first seek a fair settlement with the owner’s homeowner’s insurance company. If a fair settlement cannot be reached, however, we will argue on your behalf in court.
When attacking, dogs often target the most vulnerable areas on their prey. Consequently, injuries to the face and neck are common when a person is attacked by a dog. These injuries can cause severe disability and disfigurement. Even if the injury from a dog bite is not life threatening or life altering, it can leave permanent physical scars and damage. Dog bite victims may sue for a variety of damages including:
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite and suffered injuries, contact us at 630-920-8855 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. Our firm is located in Hinsdale , IL and represents clients throughout DuPage, Cook, Kane, Kendall, and Will Counties.