When it comes to injuries that people sustain from animal bites, one of the first things that may come to your mind is a dog bite. It is true that dogs can cause serious and sometimes fatal injuries. However, dogs are not the only pet that can endanger Illinois residents.
It may be tough to blame a dog for biting someone in Chicago, as the animal is likely only acting upon its natural instincts. For this reason, dog owners are deemed to be responsible when their pets attack others. The basis for most dog bite claims is that an owner should know their animal well enough to understand if it has aggressive tendencies (and if it does, an owner should not allow it to be around others). Yet could there also be circumstances where liability could also be placed on someone other than the owner.
As an Illinois resident, you probably come into contact with dogs on a daily basis even if you do not have a pet of your own. You may interact with dogs in your neighborhood or at parks and other public places. While most domestic dogs are friendly, attacks still happen occasionally. If you experience an attack or a bite, it is important to know what to do to protect your health and your livelihood.