Illinois Dog Bite Attorney

Dog bites and other animal attacks are frightening, especially to children. When an animal you may have regarded as a friend turns on you or your child, it is hard to know what to do. When the injuries from a dog bite or mauling are serious or even life threatening, you need an experienced injury attorney to advise you. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. At our Lake County law offices, Salvi & Maher, we have represented animal attack and dog bite victims and their families since 1985. Let us put that experience to work for you. Contact one of our three Lake County area offices for a free initial consultation to discuss your injury case.

Dog Bite Injuries

Dog bites can result in severe scarring and facial disfigurement requiring major reconstructive surgery. Deep bites can sever a nerve, damage internal organs, or cause eye damage and blindness. The consequences of a dog bite injury can last a lifetime, and require expensive and ongoing medical attention, especially when the victim is a child.

Dog Bite Laws

In our area, the law relating to dog bites can vary depending on local regulations. In some cities or counties, a dog owner must know that the dog is vicious and predisposed to bite before liability can be determined. Known as the "one bite rule", this approach to dog bite law means that the owner cannot be expected to know the dog is aggressive until it actually bites someone. In other places, the owner has "strict liability", which means that he or she is always responsible for the animal's behavior, even if it has never bitten anyone before. In other communities, certain types of dogs are labeled "violent", and have a different legal status because of the breed's history. Such dog breeds include Rottweilers, German Shepherds, and Pit Bulls.

Contact a Knowledgeable Lawyer

If you have been injured as the result of a dog bite, it is important to consult a knowledgeable Lake County dog bite lawyer who knows the differing laws in local communities. Contact us for a free initial consultation to learn whether you can recover compensation for your dog bite injuries.

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