Chicago Dog Bite Attorney
Man’s best friend can be a source of companionship and comfort, a much-loved member of the family. However, in some circumstances, the animal nature of a dog poses a risk to innocent people. Some people have the misfortune of encountering a dog that has been trained to fight or attack.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, each year more than 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs. Almost one in five requires medical attention for their bite.
If you are experiencing lingering effects from a dog bite, or if you have lost a family member to a mauling by a pit bull or other dangerous breed, the Chicago dog bite attorneys at Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates can help. We are dedicated to helping you seek full financial compensation for what occurred.
Understanding Your Rights
Illinois law (510 ILCS 5/16) specifically addresses dog bite injuries. If you are in a place where you are lawfully allowed to be present, and a dog attacks and injures you, the owner of the dog is liable for your injuries. It does not matter if the attack is as inexplicable to the owner as it was to you.
While the law is quite straightforward, securing a settlement depends to a great extent on how your case is handled. Carefully compiled evidence, documents, witness statements, etc. are necessary to meet legal standards of proof regarding the facts of the case. Weaknesses in this work can have a significant impact on the settlement offered or success at trial.
The personal injury lawyers at Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates has served Illinois residents for three generations. We have extensive experience with all aspects of injury cases, from settlements to jury trials. We have helped our clients achieve over $1 billion in compensation for their injuries over our years in practice.
Our Chicago dog bite lawyers can quickly evaluate your dog bite case. We will provide prospects for compensation through a no-cost consultation by phone, or through the “Live Chat” feature on this website. No fees are due until we successfully resolve your case. Along the way, our Chicago dog bite attorneys will cover all costs associated with building the strongest case possible.
Do I Have a Dog Bite Case?
This is a question that is best answered in a consultation with one of our dog bite lawyers, but some factors can be identified that can add to the strength of a dog bite injury claim:
- The attack has left you with a long-term medical problem, including disfiguring scarring.
- The attack occurred on public property.
- The dog should have been on a leash at the time of the attack.
- The dog that attacked you was of a breed associated with dangerous attacks, such as a Pit Bull or Rottweiler.
- The dog that attacked you has a history of biting or attacking others.
You have the right to seek damages within two years of a dog bite injury, but after that time you no longer have recourse. If you believe you have a case in Chicago, it’s best to call our dog bite lawyers well before this window of time closes. In fact, it’s ideal if we can begin our work as soon as possible after the event.
You don’t have to shoulder the burden of your injury without help and support. Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates has an outstanding track record of success in injury cases. We will do all that we can to pursue compensation at the maximum level. You deserve it.