The Illinois dog bite laws state that the owner of any animal, such as a pit bull, will be liable for injuries to another individual. Additionally, the owner does not have to be found to be negligent in order to be held liable for a dog attack.To fully understand Illinois dog bite laws, an experienced Chicago dog bite lawyer can assist you. If you have been injured because of a dog bite, then you may be eligible to file a claim against the owner of the dog.Overview of Illinois Dog Bite LawsThe owner of a dog (who is considered liable for a dog attack) is classified as someone who:
- houses or keeps the dog;
- has the right of property to the dog;
- cares for the dog; or
- knowingly allows a dog to remain on their premises.
Illinois dog bite laws further state that if a dog attempts to attack, attacks or without provocation injures another person who is lawfully allowed to be where they are and is acting in a peaceable manner, then the owner will be liable for civil damages related to the injuries.The plaintiff (injured individual) will need to prove that the dog caused the injury, that they as the victim did not provoke the attack and that they were legally allowed to be in the space where the dog attack occurred.These laws enable injured parties to recover damages related to their injuries, which may include not only medical expenses but other damages such as mental distress or pain and suffering. A Chicago dog bite lawyer can advise you of the potential damages that you may be able to recover if you have been injured in a dog attack.
Hiring a Chicago Dog Bite Lawyer
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