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Dog Owners are Responsible for the Actions of Their Pets

According to the State of Illinois, dog owners are responsible for any civil damages caused by their pet. The Animal Control Act states that the owner of a dog that attacks, attempts to attack or injuries another person without provocation would be responsible for compensating the victim. According to this statute, dog owners are liable for their pets' actions, even if the pet is not a dog. If you suffered an injury because a dangerous dog attacked you, you may be entitled to recover compensation for this injury.

No one should be harmed by someone else's pet. To hold the pet owner responsible for their negligent actions and their inability to protect you from their pet, contact Duncan Law Group for a free evaluation of your case.

How Often Do Dog Attacks Occur In the U.S.?

By nature, children are curious and trusting. Because of this, they are more likely to approach a dangerous animal. Research suggests that children between the ages of five and nine are more likely to suffer dog bites than adults. To avoid these types of accidents, parents should never leave their children unattended with a strange dog, and pet owners should never allow their animal to be near a child if it is not safe.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Approximately 4.5 million people are injured in dog attacks every year
  • Less than 900,000 of victims seek immediate medical attention
  • More than 30,000 dog bite victims require reconstructive surgery
  • Approximately 15 to 20 people are killed by dogs in the U.S. each year

If your child has experienced a personal injury resulting from an animal bite, you may be able to hold the dog owner responsible. Teaching children to be caution about animals is not always enough when a pet owner does not take the proper steps to control their animal. Our Chicago personal injury lawyers can help you investigate the actions and let you know of the proper steps you can take to ensure you are compensated for the injury.

What is strict liability?

More than half of the states in America assume that dog owners are responsible for the actions of their pets. Illinois is one of these states. The term "strict liability" means that the dog owner is responsible for the accident, even if the victim does not prove that the owner caused the attack – the law presumes that liability falls on the dog owner. Additionally, the dog does not need to have a history of aggression in order for the victim to collect damages, as is true in numerous other states.

To recover damages, you must be able to demonstrate that:

  • You suffered an injury caused by the dog
  • The defendant had control of the dog / is the dog's owner
  • You did not provoke the attack

Wondering if you may be able to bring a personal injury charge against a pet owner? We can help! Duncan Law Group, a premier Chicago personal injury firm, can help examine the details of the case to prove that you are not at fault for what happened to you and follow the necessary procedures to take legal action on your behalf.

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If you suffered an unprovoked dog attack, we encourage you to speak with a Chicago personal injury attorney from Duncan Law Group today. Our legal team has recovered tens of millions of dollars for past clients and is ready to put this experience to work for your case. Reach out to our firm today by calling at (312) 445-0567 or filling out a free case evaluation form online. We believe that no victim should have to shoulder the financial burden of an injury alone – especially when another person was at fault – so you can trust that we will fight diligently for the maximum amount of compensation available in your case.

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