Dog Bites / Animal Attacks

Dog Bite Lawyer In Morris, IL


The instinct for many of us when we see a cute pet is to want to pet it! This is especially true of children, who have not yet learned what a dangerous prospect touching a strange animal can be. This, as you might imagine, leads to many instances of dog bites that can span the gamut from minor scratches to severe disfigurement and scarring. And this isn’t an uncommon occurrence. As much as we might prefer not to think about it, around five million people are bitten by dogs in the United States annually. And of those five million, around half of them are children, according to the CDC.

Of those bitten, almost 900,000 individuals seek medical treatment and around 350,000 of them require emergency room help. Please note, however, that those figures do not include numbers on individuals who seek psychiatric or psychological help after being bitten – they measure physical treatment only. Finally, around 16 people in the United States die every year as a direct result of a dog bite they have sustained.

If you or a loved one have been bitten by a dog or suffered some other form of animal attack, you are probably feeling both overwhelmed and heartbroken at the moment. At Rigazio Law Office, we understand how you feel. We also understand that in order to pursue a personal injury case in Illinois, it is necessary to begin preparing a claim as quickly as possible. Our skilled attorneys have over 30 years of experience and have the knowledge needed to ensure that you receive the financial compensation to which you are deserved. Reaching out to our attorneys today is a great way to start the healing and recovery process – and don’t worry about the work. We’ll take care of the legal aspect for you as much as possible, leaving you free to focus on feeling better.

Illinois Dog Bite Law

In the past, Illinois enforced a law colloquially known as “one free bite”. As you might suspect, according to this law dogs could bite someone one time before the owners could be held liable. This was due to the idea that it might be unfair to hold owners accountable for damages if they were unaware that their dog had the tendency to bite. The Illinois Animal Control Act, however, erased that law and now holds owners responsible for even their dog’s first bite assuming that the animal acted without provocation.

Before we move on, let’s take a second to look a bit more closely at what “provocation” might look like. Of course, going out of your way to injure or antagonize an animal that was not previously harming you will likely be considered provocation – but there are other situations of which you might not be aware. If the victim in question was trespassing somewhere that they should not, lawfully, have been, then the dog might have been within its rights to attack. Think of someone who breaks into another’s home, for example, only to find out that the family has a dog that bites. In some cases, that would be seen as provocation and the owners might not be held liable. Additionally, the law specifically includes the words “peaceably conducting himself” when referring to the victim being bitten without provocation. If the victim’s behavior was, instead, agitated or otherwise aggressive, that might be considered provocation for the bite.

Common Dog Bites & Injuries

Serious injuries from dog attacks – injuries that require medical attention and sometimes even a trip to the emergency room – are those that are classified as significant traumatic injury. This means things like tearing, fracturing, or deep cuts. Additionally, these serious injuries can lead to issues that are not physical, but rather psychological and emotional. As mentioned above, the CDC states that around 900,000 of the individuals bitten every year seek medical attention for the resulting injuries.

Some of the most common injuries faced include:

  • Puncture Wounds
  • Scratches, Cuts, and Bruises
  • Dislocations
  • Tearing (Avulsion)
  • Amputations
  • Fractures
  • Crushing (Skull/Head Injuries)

As you can see, serious dog bite injuries are nothing to laugh off or wave away. The same holds true for animal attacks in general, as almost any animal can impart lasting damage during an attack.

The most common individuals bitten include:

  • Children from ages 5 to 9
  • The elderly
  • Mail carriers

We can help you seek the compensation to which you are entitled! This might include the following:

  • Lost Income
  • Future/Paste Medical Expenses
  • Diminished Earning Capacity
  • Emotional Distress
  • Pain and Suffering

Reach out to Rigazio Law Office today for help! We are located in Morris, IL, we serve the people of Grundy County, Will County, LaSalle County and the surrounding areas.

We fight aggressively to secure our clients the justice and compensation they deserve. Contact us at 815.942.1881 for a free consultation.

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