Dogs are great companions, and the vast majority of dogs are pleasant, charming creatures who would never deliberately harm a person.
However, the fact remains that, in some truly unfortunate cases, dogs do attack people, and the resulting injuries can be quite serious. However much one might love dogs, these victims deserve compensation for their injuries.
That's where our firm comes in. Our experienced dog bite lawyers can pursue the compensation you deserve as the victim of a dog bite attack. We'll treat your case with the seriousness it deserves.
If you've been the victim of a dog attack in the Chicago, Illinois area, you should speak with our lawyers as soon as possible. Please call the Sklare Law Group today at 312-263-0771 for a free consultation.
What to Know About Dog Bite Cases
We understand you might have some reluctance about pursuing a dog bite claim, especially when the owner of the dog is a friend or neighbor. You don't want to seem litigious, and it's "just" a dog bite, right?
However understandable this instinct might be, you have to protect yourself, your finances and your legal rights. The injuries from a dog bite attack can be serious, and treating them is often expensive.
Here's what you should know about dog bite cases:
- Illinois has a strict liability law for dog attacks. This means that the owner of the dog cannot use lack of negligence as a defense. If the dog attacked you, the owner is responsible.
- There are essentially two defenses under the state's dog bite law: provocation and trespassing. If you were provoking a dog before its attack, or if you were not legally on the property where the dog attacked you, the owner might avoid liability.
- Most dog bite claims are filed against insurance companies. You don't have to worry about bankrupting your neighbor, even if he or she is named in the suit.
Does your dog bite attack qualify for legal action? The only way to know for sure is to arrange a free consultation with our attorneys. We will discuss your case, evaluate it and help you determine if legal action is right for you.
If you need an experienced Chicago, Illinois dog bite lawyer, please call the Sklare Law Group today at 312-263-0771 for a free consultation.