Some people’s jobs bring them into contact with dogs, and when a worker suffers an on the job dog bite injury, he can pursue both an Illinois worker’s compensation case and a third party liability lawsuit against the owner of the dog. This is something that I have had opportunity to do over the years:
- I represented a water meter reader who was attacked by pit bulls when she entered the yard to read the water meter for the home. Fortunately, the pit bulls were chained up, but they still knocked her to the ground, causing her to suffer a herniated disc in her lower back.
- I represented a social service worker who was bitten by a Doberman when he went to visit a client. The dog belonged to a neighbor, and my client was injured when the dog jumped the fence. He was bitten in the arm repeatedly, requiring stitched and antibiotic therapy.
The relationship between the worker’s compensation claim and the third party laibility suit can be very complex, which is why we strongly recommend that anyone considering a case for a work related dog bite injury contact an experienced Chicago personal injury lawyer for assistance.