Helping Dog Bite Victims throughout Illinois Obtain Compensation for their Injuries
With Illinois among the top three states for dog bites, animal attacks are nothing to take lightly. Dog bites can result in serious injuries that can require reconstructive treatment and may cause a number of lasting psychological injuries. If you or your child were injured in a dog bite or attack, you are not without legal recourse, however. In fact, Illinois law holds a dog owner liable for dog bite injuries caused by his or her dog.
The Chicago dog bite attorneys at Cohen and Bodo focus on handling accident and injury cases, including dog bite lawsuits and personal injury claims. We are well-versed in Illinois dog bite laws, as well as other applicable tort laws. Contact us today at (847) 790-4246 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago dog bite lawyers.
Dog Bite Statistics
Approximately 4.5 million Americans are bitten by a dog or attacked by an animal every year, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Additionally, studies and research reveal the following startling dog bite statistics:
- Almost one in five of people bitten by a dog (or about 885,000 people) require medical attention for dog bite-related injuries.
- Half of dog bite victims are children, with children between the ages of 5 and 9 injured most often.
- In 2012, more than 27,000 people underwent reconstructive surgery as a result of dog bites.
Illinois Dog Bite Laws
Under Illinois dog bite laws, a dog owner can be held liable for any injuries or damages caused when his or her dog attacks – or attempts to attack – another person or animal. It is important to note that, under Illinois law, a dog owner can be liable for dog bite injuries even if the dog does not actually bite the victim, but rather attempts to bite the victim and, as a result, causes injuries.
Common Dog Bite Injuries
Dog bites can range from relatively minor lacerations to serious and life-changing injuries. At Cohen and Bodo, our Chicago dog bite lawyers represent clients who have suffered the following dog bite injuries:
- Internal injuries
- Fractured bones
- Facial injuries
- Nerve damage
- Infections such as rabies
- Psychological injuries
Depending on the extent and severity of dog bite injuries, the injured party may be able to recover the following monetary damages:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
Dog bites and attacks often result in psychological injuries, such as post-traumatic stress disorder or depression, which can be more difficult to prove and value than physical injuries. The Chicago dog bite lawyers at Cohen and Bodo focus on helping clients obtain maximum compensation for all injuries – even psychological injuries and those that are difficult to prove. As such, we are prepared to fight for your rights to get you full and fair financial recovery, even if that means vigorously litigating your dog bite lawsuit in a court of law.
If you or a loved one sustained dog bite injuries, contact our office at (847) 790-4246 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation with one of our Illinois dog bite lawyers.