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Gathering Evidence for a Dog Attack Injury ClaimThe injuries you can suffer from a dog attack are painful, whether they are from a bite or being knocked down. As uncomfortable as the situation may be, it is sometimes necessary to file a personal injury lawsuit against the dog’s owner. Illinois’ strict liability law makes the process easier than in some states because you do not need to prove that the owner was negligent. The only situations in which the owner is not liable are if you provoked the dog or if you were trespassing on the property. Gathering evidence is still important in order to prove the severity of your injuries and to connect those injuries to the dog attack. There are several details you must collect in a dog attack lawsuit:

  1. Owner Information: In order to file a dog injury lawsuit, you need to know who owns the dog. If the owner is not present, you can ask nearby property owners if they recognize the dog. Once you have found the owner, you need the contact information for them and their insurance company, if they have one. 
  2. Police Reports: It may be necessary to call 911 after a dog attack if your injuries are severe or you believe that the dog may be a danger to others. If police or animal control are dispatched to the scene, they will create a report on the incident and the action that they took. You can obtain a copy of that report as evidence of the details of the attack.
  3. Witness Accounts: You should talk to anyone who may have seen the dog attack and ask them to provide testimony during your case. A witness could tell what happened during the attack and refute a claim that you provoked the dog.
  4. Physical Evidence: Having the presence of mind to document and save physical evidence of the attack will be useful during a lawsuit. Have someone take pictures of your injuries, including bite marks. Save clothing that was torn during the attack.
  5. Doctor’s Reports: You should seek medical attention after a dog attack to treat your injuries and check for other injuries that you may not have noticed. Your doctor’s report will establish the extent of your injuries and how they are related to the dog attack.

Contact a McHenry County Personal Injury Attorney

You have two years after your dog attack incident to file a personal injury lawsuit against the owner, but it can be helpful to start the process well before then. A Crystal Lake, Illinois, personal injury lawyer at Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC, can explain how much compensation you may be able to receive in your case. Schedule a free consultation by calling 815-338-3838.

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Receiving Injury Compensation After a Dog AttackWhile many people are fond of dogs, there are instances when a dog may attack someone unprovoked. Dog bites can be particularly painful and expensive to treat because of the threat of:

  • Rabies;
  • Tetanus;
  • Infection; and
  • Damage to vital areas.

Owners are often liable for injuries that their dog inflicts on another person or animal. Illinois has a statute regarding personal injury cases involving dog attacks and when the owner is responsible for damages.

What You Should Do

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animal attacks in Illinois, McHenry County Personal Injury LawayerAlthough family pets and domestic animals are practically a United States tradition, keeping domestic animals does have its dangers. Even seemingly docile animals can turn dangerous, and when that happens it can result in serious injury to innocent bystanders. In fact, last year Illinois was ranked as the second highest state in the nation for dog bite injuries according to statistics compiled by State Farm.

Fortunately, when these sorts of dog bite injuries occur, the law in Illinois does provide a remedy. Victims may recover for their damages from dog owners provided that their case meets certain requirements.

Responsibility for Dog Bites

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