DOG BITE INJURY LAW
Common Questions: Dog Bite & Dog Attack Injury Cases
Illinois consistently ranks as a leading states for reported injuries caused by dog bites. In 2018, there were over 800 reported claims for injuries from dog attacks (and $29.2 million reportedly paid by insurers) to people who were injured in these attacks.
The Judson Graham Firm is regularly contacted by victims of dog attacks who are seeking information about their legal rights or who have questions about how to seek reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses, such as medical bills, and compensation for the serious injuries that can result from a vicious dog attack. Included here are general details on the most common questions we see.
Thankfully, there are broad legal protections in Illinois for victims who are injured or killed by a dog (or other domesticated pet). In addition to the right to pursue a negligence claim against a dog’s owner, the Illinois Animal Control Act serves to provide additional protections. One of the expressly stated goals of this statute (law) is that it was passed with the intent to hold animal owners financially responsible for injuries caused by dog (and other animal) bites and attacks on blameless victims.