A dog bite can happen at any time, and you may think there’s nothing you can do about the bills associated with your injuries. However, you can pursue a personal injury case to compensate you for your losses. A bite from a dog can result in serious damages, some of which can lead to long-term pain or mental anguish.
While some dog bites may have few complications, others can be devastating for victims and their families. Victims may have neurological damage or need physical therapy to regain mobility and strength. Some people may have to deal with chronic pain or may even be disfigured from the bite. Infections from bites can also result in prolonged treatment and additional visits, in addition to the stress and pain you may experience.
If this has happened to know, know that you are not alone. A Naperville dog bite lawyer from Pintas & Mullin Law Firm is ready to fight for you so you do not have to shoulder this burden alone. Our team can fight for the compensation so you can focus on getting your life back to normal. Call our team at (800) 816-0755 to discuss the details of your dog bite case.
Don’t Hesitate to Call our Office
Our firm can help you seek a financial award to fairly compensate you for your injuries, but you have a limited amount of time to act. Under 735 ILCS 5/13-202, victims of personal injuries have just two years to file a lawsuit. If you miss that deadline, you may be unable to obtain any compensation for your injuries.
Although there may be some exceptions to the time limit, two years can go by quickly. Filing paperwork, gathering evidence, and seeking treatment can all take time, and it’s important to act quickly in the event you need to file a lawsuit. Our team can handle this on your behalf and save you time and effort.
Illinois Laws on Dog Bites
Many laws regulate aspects of down ownership and protect other individuals. One such law, 510 ILCS 5/2.05a, defines what a “dangerous dog” is. Essentially, it is a dog that acts in a threatening way or bites without significant harm when off the owner’s property.
Additionally, this animal is dangerous if it is not restrained or supervised by the owner in some way. With this definition, a dog may not need an actual history of biting to be labeled dangerous, it may be based on behavior. You or your lawyer can use this law to illustrate the danger posed by the animal, and its relation to your injuries.
Illinois also has a requirement per 510 ILCS 5/2.11a about the confinement of vicious dogs. Owners of a vicious dog must keep the animal in an enclosure at least six feet high. That is intended to keep the dog in, to keep children out, and to prevent the possibility of an attack. Along with related state or city laws, you can argue that an owner’s failure to follow the laws resulted in your bite injuries.
According to 510 ILCS 5/16, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries if a dog bit you without provocation while you were in a place where you had a legal right to be. A lawyer can help you prove this in the fight for damages.
For a free legal consultation with a Dog Bites Lawyer serving Naperville, call (800) 794-0444
How a Naperville Dog Bite Lawyer May Be Able to Hold the Owner Accountable
If you want the help of a lawyer, the team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you with the ins and outs of Illinois law. We can review the Animal Control report related to the dog bite and speak to you and anyone else who saw the attack happen. Our team will work to find any type of evidence that can help your case.
An owner may argue that you did something to provoke the dog, but our team will fight to prove otherwise. We can file a personal injury lawsuit against the dog’s owner to seek financial compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. We are often able to resolve personal injury cases by negotiating out-of-court settlements. If that is not possible, however, we will not hesitate to go to trial to seek fair compensation for an injured client.
You might find these options stressful, especially if you try to fight alone. You can rely on our legal team to help you handle negotiations or a lawsuit. While we cannot treat your injuries, we can handle the legal side of things so you can focus on your physical and mental health.
Call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today. A member of our staff can listen to what you have gone through and explain your legal options in more detail.
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Contact a Naperville Dog Bite Lawyer
Dog bites can cause serious injuries that may have long-lasting effects. Even if you do not think you were seriously injured, the wound may not heal as well as you expected, or you may discover that you have permanent neurological damage that will continue to limit your ability to work, participate in activities you used to enjoy, and care for your children.
People who have been injured by dog bites sometimes do not seek justice because they think that they cannot afford to hire an attorney. We will only collect a fee if we receive a settlement or win at trial. You have nothing to lose by reaching out, so call us today at (800) 816-0755.