Do You Know Your Rights When An Animal Attacks You In Illinois?
When a dog or another animal attacks you, unprovoked, you may be scared and badly injured. You may also wonder if you can hold the animal’s owner responsible for the attack.
The state of Illinois has strict animal liability laws, holding any animal owner responsible for an unprovoked attack or injury to a person who is acting peaceably and not trespassing.
Further, the law does not just cover dog bites or even just bites. If a horse kicked you, a cat scratched you, or a dog jumped on you and knocked you over, those actions may fall under this law.
Damages You Could Potentially Recover For Animal Bite And Knock-Down Injuries
If you or a loved one has suffered injury from any of the above, you may be entitled to seek damages that may include:
- Medical costs
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Wages for time missed from work
What You Need To Prove To Win
There are several steps to proving and prevailing in an animal attack case in Illinois. Your lawyer must show:
- The animal in question is the one that attacked, attempted to attack or injured you.
- You did not provoke the animal.
- You were lawfully allowed to be in the place of the attack (not trespassing).
- You were acting in a peaceful manner (not threatening anyone).
Call For A Free Assessment Of Your Case
I am attorney Roger D. Rudich. With over 30 years of experience, I have helped individuals in Chicago and surrounding communities with dog bite and other personal injury claims.
If you have been injured from an animal bite or knock-down, I invite you to schedule a free consult with me to discuss your situation and the requirements of the law in greater detail.
Don’t wait to seek medical attention. Even if your wound does not look serious, it can easily become infected.