Pets are lovely companions and can quickly become a member of your family. However, some animals can cause serious injury to family members, home visitors, or other passersby. If you have been bitten by a dog or other animal, it can be more than just painful. Victims of dog bites and other animal attacks can also suffer symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The Truth About Dog Bites
The Centers for Disease Controlnotes 36% of American households include a dog. While there are plenty of benefits to dog ownership, there is some risk as well. The CDC continues to report that nearly 1 in 5 dog bites require medical attention.
Children tend to be most vulnerable when it comes to dog bites. However, many dog bites also happen outside of the home. Runners, walkers, and bikers can be bitten while exercising around their neighborhood.
Dogs bite for a variety of reasons, including to prove dominance and to protect their territory. They can also bite during play. In any case, a dog bite can cause physical injury and the potential for an infection.
Dog Bite Cases
Illinois has the second-highest number of dog bite cases in the country and a law that holds the owner accountable for the dog’s bad behavior. If you have been bitten by a dog, you have up to two years to file a claim for compensation for your injuries.
If you choose to file a claim, your attorney will prove you did not instigate the attack and that the dog attacked you in a place where you were lawfully allowed to be. For example, if you are walking down the street and a dog bites your ankle as you pass by his yard, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Typically, homeowner insurance will step in during cases of animal attacks. This can be especially frustrating for the person who was bitten, as there can be extensive tasks and phone calls. You can eliminate this hassle by choosing to work with an experienced attorney.
When you work with MacCloskey, Kesler & Associates, we advocate for your best interests with the insurance company and other parties. Our team offers decades of experience working with cases just like yours, from animal attacks ranging from dog bites to even more serious situations. We would be honored to provide you with the guidance and counsel to navigate your way through your recovery.
Call our offices to tell us more about your situation.