Personal Injury Lawyers for Dog Bite Victims in Mundelein, Elmhurst and Chicago Heights

Dogs have long been considered the ideal companion. Indeed, we treat them not as animals but as members of our families. They can be highly loyal and very sweet. But they can also be very powerful and protective. However, they are animals that have instincts and, in some cases, when their instincts take control, they can attack and hurt you or a loved one.

According to the CDC, roughly 4.5 million Americans are bitten every year, the majority of which are elderly adults and young children. At the Makarone Law Firm, our personal injury lawyers specialize in dog bite cases and other claims involving animal attacks. If you or a loved one suffered serious injury when bitten by a dog, you could be entitled to compensation from the owner of the animal. In any event, it is always best to talk to a personal injury lawyer in in Mundelein, Elmhurst and Chicago Heights.

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Illinois’s Dog Bite Law

Illinois State Statute 510 ILCS 5/16 is more commonly referred to as the “Illinois Dog Bite Law.” In the simplest of terms, the law explains that in order for you to prove owner liability for the bite, the injury victim or plaintiff must prove that:

  • The dog (or other animals) attacked you, attempted to attack you, or injured you
  • You had a legal right to be on the property where you were attacked and/or injured
  • You didn’t provoke the dog (or other animals)

Furthermore, the Makarone Law Firm personal injury lawyers fully understand how Illinois Statute 510 ILCS 5/16 covers the injuries you suffered when you were bitten as well as any injury that resulted from the animal’s behavior. For instance, if you suffered injury when a dog jumps on you and knocks you down, you could be entitled to compensation under the Illinois Dog Bite Law. If you have suffered the injuries, you have the right to sue the owner of the dog/animal in court.

Strict Liability

There are two theories that apply to dog bite personal injury cases – “negligence” and “strict liability.” When it comes to animal attacks, especially dog bites and other related injuries, Illinois follow the theory of strict liability. Strict liability means that the animal owner cannot argue (or make excuses) that they didn’t know that the animal was overly aggressive or had the tendency to injure people. Basically, if the animal acted without provocation, the owner is liable.

If you or a loved one was attacked and/or bitten by a dog, you could be entitled to damages for your injuries. Call the Makarone Law Firm to find out more.