Dog bites are one of the more troubling types of injuries that victims can suffer. One second a dog that appears to be nice can lose itself and become instantly aggressive. Dog bites are unfortunate and can happen to anyone and are particularly dangerous if the dog bites a victim and then refuses to let go, or if the victim is a young child. Not only that, but dog bite injuries tend to be immensely painful, are prone to infection due to bacteria in a dog’s saliva, and can take a long time to heal. Dog bite victims can be left permanently disfigured or with serious scars that will last the rest of their lives.
Dog bite cases can be particularly complicated because there can be many different laws that apply to a particular case. Not only are there state laws in Illinois that provide victims who have been bitten by a dog with legal recourse against the dog’s owner, but in certain situations city and/or county ordinances may also play a factor in a dog bite case. An experienced dog bite attorney, like the professionals at Sgro Law, will be able to help you build a strong case so that you can receive the maximum compensation that you deserve for the dog bite injuries you have suffered.
Proving A Dog Bite
Dog bites and dog attacks are specifically provided for under Illinois law. There are three things that a dog bite victim must prove in order to seek recovery under Illinois’s dog bite statute. It must be shown that:
The injured victim was attacked by the dog or that the dog attempted to attacked the victim;
The victim had a lawful right to be where he or she was at the time the dog bite occurred; and
The injured victim did not provoke the dog.
If all three of these elements can be proven, then the dog’s owner or the person who was in custody of the dog will be held strictly liable for the acts of the dog. “Strict liability” means that there is little, if anything, that the dog’s owner or custodian can do to rebut the presumption that they are liable for the aggressive actions of the dog.
Time Is Of The Essences
If you have been bitten by a dog, it is important that you consult with an experienced dog bite attorney in Springfield immediately in order to timely filed your claim against the dog’s owner. There is a statute of limitations for dog bite cases in Illinois and it is two years from the time the bite occurred. This means that you need to file your dog bite personal injury claim within two years of when the bite happened, or you will lose your right to file the claim at all.
Contact One of Our Experienced Dog Bite Injury Attorneys Today
Dog owners are held strictly liable for their dog’s actions, including when the dog bites a victim. The attorneys at Sgro Law have been working closely with dog bite victims in Springfield since 1986. If you have been the victim of a dog bite, please do not hesitate to contact us today for a free consultation.