Schaumburg, IL Dog Bite Lawyers
Attorneys for Animal Attacks in Cook County, DuPage County, and Surrounding Collar Counties
Illinois has a statute called the Animal Control Act which allows injured parties to recover from the owners of animals causing such injuries. Also, many towns and villages throughout the state have ordinances which are helpful in recovering for injuries caused by animals. Normally, homeowner’s insurance for the animal owner will cover such injuries. Injuries can result from dog bites, animal knockdowns and other animal bites.
Deadlines for Filing a Claim Under the Animal Control Act
Every state has a time limit or statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits (including dog bite injuries). The statute of limitations restricts the time span an injured person can file a lawsuit after an injury. The statute of limitations can vary depending on the circumstances. Therefore, it is important to know when the statute will run so you can protect your rights.
Illinois' Animal Control Act Statute
The Illinois Animal Control Act law states that in order to prove the dog or owner is liable for the attack, an injured party must show the following:
- The dog or other animal attacked, attempted to, or injured someone;
- The person had a right to be in the place where the attack or injury occurred; and
- The dog or other animal was not provoked.
The Illinois Animal Control Act governs injuries caused by animal bites and other behaviors. For example, say a dog escapes from their owner and knocks someone down on the sidewalk, causing an injury to a passerby. The injured person has the right to seek compensation under this Act.
Strict Liability Dog Bites in the State of Illinois
Generally, states in the U.S. judge dog bite cases by two separate theories: strict liability or negligence. Illinois is a strict liability state regarding dog bites and other injuries caused by an animal. Strict liability means that the owner of the animal cannot argue that they had no warning of an animal’s aggressive nature. If a dog or other animal injures a person without provocation, the owner is liable even if they did not know the animal may cause injuries.
The strict liability rule is used for dog bites and other injuries caused by canines. For example, if a person is knocked down by a dog, the owner is still liable even if they did not know that the animal would jump.
Contact an Experienced Illinois Dog Bite Attorney
If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a dog bite or other injury from an animal, our attorneys can help you get the financial compensation you deserve. Contact us at 847-240-9010 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. We have been handling personal injury cases involving dog bites and injuries from animals in Illinois for over 40 years, and our firm has a proven track record of favorable results. Located in Schaumburg, Illinois just west of Woodfield Mall, we offer flexible consultation appointment scheduling. If your injuries prevent travel, one of our attorneys will come to you to discuss your legal rights.