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Macomb Dog Bite Attorney

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When you’re out and about, whether on a public sidewalk or on private property legally, you expect any dog you come across to be trained and under the control of its accompanying owner. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Despite existing laws, many owners allow their dogs to roam around off their leashes, and even the most well-trained dogs can react to situations unpredictably. If you or someone you love has been attacked and bitten by a dog, you may be eligible to seek compensation. Dog owners have a responsibility to keep others safe around their dogs, even on private property, and violating this responsibility should not go unpunished. At Rehn Law LLC, we have more than two decades of experience representing the rights of injured individuals and families. Our Macomb dog bite attorney is here to help.

Contact our team online or by phone at (309) 228-2008 for your free consultation. Our team is also available to help potential clients in Kewanee and Monmouth.

How Do Dog Bites Occur?

Dog bites are more common than you’d think. According to the US. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year, and more than 800,000 need to receive medical attention. Dog attacks can occur for a variety of reasons, but most dogs lash out as a reaction to someone’s actions or environmental stimuli.

Dogs can bite people as a result of:

  • Being in a stressful situation, which makes them feel they need to defend themselves or their territory
  • Being scared, startled, or threatened
  • Trying to protect what they love, from their puppies to food or toys
  • Not feeling well due to sickness or injuries
  • Being playful or excited

Even if your dog bite hasn’t punctured your skin or doesn’t hurt, it’s still recommended that you seek medical attention, as dog bites left untreated can end up worsening or causing disease. Common dog bite injuries include abrasions, lacerations, punctures, infections, and rabies, if the dog isn’t vaccinated.

Who is Most Vulnerable to Dog Attacks?

According to the CDC, children are the most common victims of dog bites, and are far more likely to be seriously injured due to their size. At least half of all individuals bitten in the U.S. are children. Children are more likely to approach a dog to pet or play with them and are less likely to be able to tell when a dog is feeling threatened or skittish.

Determining Liability for Dog Bites in Illinois

When you or a loved one has been injured by a dog bite, you might wonder who is to be held liable for negligence. Typically, dog bite claims are filed against the dog owner’s renters or homeowner’s insurance company and not the dog owner. Some individuals may be seeking their entitled compensation but be concerned about the future of the dog involved. Generally, dogs without a history of aggression won’t be euthanized as a result of the attack.

According to Illinois dog bite law, the dog owner is the sole party responsible for injuries, which means they can’t avoid liability by accusing the victim or claiming they were unaware of their dog’s aggressiveness. Those filing dog bite claims must prove that the dog attacked them, the victim had the legal right to be where they were at the time of attack, and the victim didn’t provoke the dog.

In Illinois, injured victims have two years to file an injury claim, so the sooner you act, the more likely you are to be able to secure the compensation you need to recover. Our Macomb dog bite lawyer can help prove liability by collecting evidence and using our resources and knowledge.

Call us to recover damages including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering at (309) 228-2008. We’re pleased to offer free consultations so we can meet with you one-on-one and learn more about your case.

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