The most recent government surveys indicate that there are 4.7 million dog bites annually in the United States. Sadly, those same studies suggest that children are the most common dog bite victims. Dog bites often cause serious injuries including scarring resulting in permanent disfigurement, infections, and muscle and tissue damage. If you or a loved one is the victim of a dog bite you have a right to pursue a claim against the animal owner and potentially the owner or landlord of the premises where the attack occurred.
The Illinois Animal Control Act makes animal attacks subject to strict liability. If you are peacefully conducting yourself and attacked by a dog without provocation, the owner is liable for your damages. Your damages can include past and future medical expenses including cosmetic procedures, past and future lost wages, past and future pain and suffering including psychiatric injury, and disfigurement.
For 17 years, Kevin J. McNamara has represented those who have been seriously injured by dog attacks. If you or a family member has been the victim of a dog bite, contact Kevin J. McNamara Law Offices, P.C. today for a free consultation.