One of the most serious types of injuries the attorneys at the Law Office of Daniel Goodman encounter are dog bites and dog attacks.
Often times when a person is attacked by a dog, the result is permanent scarring to the victim of the attack, and the medical treatment for dog bites quite often requires stitches, medication to prevent infection and in some cases corrective plastic surgery to reduce scarring. Despite extensive medical treatment, the victim of a dog attack is often left with permanent physical scars and disfigurement, not to mention emotional scarring.
If you or a loved one has been bitten or attacked by a dog in Chicago Il, the first thing to do is seek medical treatment. A dog bite that is left untreated can become infected, which could lead to serious illness in the victim, possibly even death. Additionally, seeking immediate medical treatment can help to minimize permanent scarring. Once the victim of a dog attack or dog bite has sought medical attention, the next action that should be considered is reporting the dog attack to the local authorities or animal control. Unfortunately, some irresponsible dog owners fail to properly vaccinate their dogs for Rabies, which can have serious medical repercussions for the victim. That’s why it’s a good idea to make a report with local law enforcement and or animal control so that they may determine if the dog has been properly vaccinated. If the dog has not been vaccinated, the animal will need to be tested for Rabies which will also affect the course of treatment for the victim.
Once you or your loved one has been treated, you should consult a dog bite attorney at a personal injury law firm to evaluate what options are available to you to seek compensation for your injuries. The first step in that process is determining who is responsible. While the most obvious answer is the owner of the dog, in some cases, someone other than the owner of the dog could be held responsible, for example:
- Animal Keepers: A person who has been entrusted with the care or has taken custody of a dog may be considered an owner or keeper and can be held responsible if a dog bites or attacks. Examples of dog keepers may include dog groomers, kennels, a pound, or a dog sitter.
- Parents of Minors: Even if the person who owns the dog responsible for the attack or bite is under 18 years of age, in many states an injured person can bring a legal claim against the minor’s parents.
- Landlords: If an apartment landlord knew (or should have known) that a tenant owned a dangerous animal, the landlord may also be liable for dog bite injuries.
It should be noted that the same holds true in cases where the animal that attacks or bites a victim is not a dog.
The attorneys at the Law Office of Daniel Goodman have extensive experience in representing victims of dog attacks in Illinois. Some examples of settlements and awards obtained by the Law Office of Daniel E Goodman include:
- $478,000 – The case involved a young girl who was bitten in the face by a relative’s pit bull.
- $60,000 – This case involved an unusual set of circumstances. While visiting a horse farm, a woman was holding a young horse on a lead line. The owner of the property housed a pitbull, who managed to break through a window and escape to attack the horse being held by the victim. When the dog attacked the young horse, the young horse kicked the woman holding him, causing facial injuries. So while the pitbull did not actually attack the victim, his attack on the horse being held by the victim, caused serious injuries.
If you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog or bitten by a dog in the Chicago, Il area or suburbs, the Chicago Il dog bite attorneys at the Law Office of Daniel Goodman can help you with the process of determining who is responsible for the dog, and what actions should be taken to compensate you for your injuries. Call us today for a free no cost no obligation consultation.