It’s a common scenario: You're walking down the sidewalk, on your way to work or enjoying a peaceful evening stroll, when a dog suddenly comes lunging out from behind a car, barking and aggressive. In another instance, you’re on a bike ride near a dog beach and suddenly you hear snarling. You may be out jogging on Lakefront Path when you’re chased by a dog and end up with bite marks on your legs. In Chicago, dog bite attacks are common, and some dog bite injury statistics are alarming.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there over 4 million dog bite victims per year, and there are approximately 800,000 dog bites annually requiring some type of medical attention. In 2010, there were 34 dog attack fatalities. Approximately 20% of them require medical attention, with as many as 31,000 victims needing dog bite reconstructive surgery. Dog bite injuries can be fatal too—each year more than two dozen dog attack deaths are reported in this country.
Chicago personal injury attorneys at the Mike Slocumb Law Firm are well-versed in dog bite laws and have experience representing injured victims. You may be entitled to compensation if you or a loved one was injured. Just as car owners have insurance for car accident injuries they cause, homeowners’ insurance is there to provide dog bite compensation for any injuries caused by a dog. Any situation in which you were bit by a dog should be fully investigated by both a police officer and a doctor to make sure that the responsible dog owner is held responsible and that you receive any bandages or stitches you may need.
A reliable dog bite attorney in Chicago can help you pursue the dog owner’s insurance coverage, even if it’s a more complicated situation. If you are bitten by a hostile dog that lives on a rental property, at a business or if you were bit by a stray, dog bite insurance issues become even more complex. Say you were at an outdoor cafe and an out-of-town visitor’s German Shepherd jumped up and tried to grab your hoagie but bit your hand instead. You could have a serious dog bite injury, and you might have broken bones, preventing you from returning to work for several weeks.
After you make a police report, get the dog owner’s I.D. and call for medical attention, contact a tough, experienced dog bite attorney. You may need help seeking compensation for everything from dog attack lost income to dog bite trauma, as well as all dog bite medical treatment.
And always remember the basic rules of dog safety: never approach a dog as it is eating, sleeping or caring for puppies; never pet a dog until you have let it see you and smell you; and, if you are attacked by a dog, remain motionless or cover your head with your arms to protect your face.
If you or a loved one was injured by a dog bite, find out your rights from someone who knows Chicago dog attack laws inside and out. Call experienced Chicago personal injury lawyer Mike Slocumb at 1-800-WIN-WIN-1 or fill out our online contact form for a free consultation. Don’t wait—contact us today so we can help.
Mike Slocumb Law Firm
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Chicago, Illinois 60601