Illinois Animal Attack Lawyers
Every year, millions of people are injured by dog bites or other animal attacks. In fact, the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) estimates that 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, with one in five dog bites resulting in injuries that require medical attention. Sadly, children are more likely to require medical attention than adults when bitten or attacked.
The Chicago dog bite attorneys at at Nilson, Stookal, Gleason & Caputo, Ltd., Ltd. are experienced personal injury attorneys that are familiar with the laws and legal issues involved with dog bites and animal attacks. If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog bite or animal attack incident, contact one of our Chicago dog bite attorneys at (312) 443-1331 for a free consultation to learn more about a possible personal injury claim.
In Illinois two state laws primarily govern the law which may apply with respect to dog bites and animal attacks, which means that a dog owner can be held liable for any injuries suffered as a result of a dog bite or animal attack under almost any circumstances. Pursuant to the Illinois Animal Control Act, the victim of the animal attack needs to only show that he or she was harmed by an unprovoked animal. The law applies not only to animal attacks, but also to attempted attacks. Victims of dog bites and other animal attacks can recover for past and future medical expenses, past and future pain and suffering, lost wages, physical disability and property damage. The courts do allow the dog owner to raise defenses against these claims, so the victim is best served by being represented by the experienced trial attorneys such at Nilson, Stookal, Gleason & Caputo, Ltd.
Dog Bite Statistics
The following dog bite statistics are reported for 2010:
- 33 fatal dog attacks occurred in 2010, with pit bulls and Rottweilers accounting for 79% of the fatal attacks.
- 61% of dog attacks occurred to children, with 75% of the attacks on children occurring to children ages 4 and under.
- The vast majority of fatal dog attacks – approximately 73% – involved attacks by family dogs, with nearly all of the attacks (88%) occurring on the dog owner’s property.
- Illinois, along with Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, had the third most fatal dog attacks with two deaths in 2010, behind California with seven and Florida with three fatalities.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog or other animal attack, contact the Chicago dog bite attorneys at Nilson, Stookal, Gleason & Caputo, Ltd. at (312) 443-1331 to schedule a free consultation to learn more about a possible personal injury lawsuit in order to obtain the compensation you deserve following a dog bite or animal attack.