Dog bite statistics show that Chicago and Illinois have many dog bite claims. In fact, the state is second only to California in such claims, with 323 dog-related claims in 2016 alone across the state.
In Illinois, Animal Control Act (510 ILCS 5/16) is the law that governs dog bite issues in Chicago and across all Illinois communities. This law states that in a claim, a plaintiff must prove that the person who was bitten was legally in a place where they had a right to be and did not provoke the dog. In addition, the claimant must prove that the dog attacked or injured the plaintiff. The Animal Control Act governs not only dog bites but other animal attacks too.
Unlike many states, the dog bite law in Illinois allows plaintiffs to recover for a dog bite even if a dog has no history of biting or attacking. If you’ve been injured by a dog, or a loved one has been injured by an animal, contact Argionis & Associates by calling (312) 782-4545 for a free consultation. Our attorneys can help you make sense of the law and determine whether you have a claim.
Dog bite victims in Chicago often do not know what to do after being attacked. Typically, these incidents occur quickly, and the panic can mean no one knows what steps to take. If you or a loved one has been attacked, you should:
If you’d like to speak to an animal attack attorney, contact the Chicago offices of Argionis & Associates online or by calling (312) 782-4545 for a free consultation. Our attorneys have experience with animal attack cases and can help you through the process of seeking compensation for your medical bills, lost income and other expenses.