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What Damages Can I Recover After a Dog Bite Injury?

 Posted on June 13, 2024 in Premises liability

Des Plaines, IL dog bite lawyerThe consequences of a dog bite can be extensive. In severe cases, a dog bite may even leave a person disabled or disfigured. Dealing with a dog bite injury can also be emotionally traumatic, and you might be wondering if there is any way to receive compensation to cover the damages related to your injuries. An experienced Illinois dog bite injury attorney can guide you through the process of pursuing a claim for compensation.

Who Is Liable for a Dog Bite Injury?

In Illinois, the concept of premises liability and the Animal Control Act governs who is liable for a dog bite injury. Under these regulations, when a person is legally on a property and not provoking the dog responsible, the owner of the dog will be liable if the dog bites and injures the person.

While some states apply rules that allow dog owners to argue against liability if the bite is their dog’s first offense and they did not know the dog was vicious or at risk of attacking, Illinois does not apply this rule. This means that a dog owner in Illinois can be liable for any injuries his or her dog causes, even if the dog has never attacked or bitten anyone before.

Damages You May Be Eligible For After a Dog Bite

Dog bite injuries are often serious, especially in cases where a child is the victim of a dog bite. Consequences of a dog bite include lacerations, bruising, broken bones, mental or psychological trauma, severe scarring or disfigurement, infections, and nerve damage.

The damages from a dog bite can affect a victim’s life, his or her ability to work, and his or her enjoyment of life, most notably in cases where the victim suffers long-term disability, permanent scarring, or ongoing pain from the dog bite.

You may be able to pursue compensation for the damages received in a dog bite, and these damages can include:

  • The cost of medical expenses, including in-home care

  • The cost of emotional or psychological therapy

  • Lost wages

  • Loss of employment or ability to work

  • Pain and suffering

  • Compensation for permanent disability or disfigurement

Contact a Des Plaines, IL Dog Bite Injury Lawyer

Dog bite injuries can be unexpected, and the injuries from a dog bite often result in extensive medical bills and recovery costs. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a dog bite, contact a skilled Glenview, IL dog bite injury attorney right away. Attorney Patrick Quinn is highly skilled in the area of personal injury law, and he will provide you with dedicated and compassionate representation.

Contact Quinn Law Group, LLC at 847-232-7180 for a free consultation.

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