Girl Injured In Chicago Dog Attack By Haugen Elementary School
Personal Injury - November 13, 2022
11-Year-Old Albany Park Girl Injured In Chicago Dog Attack While Walking to Haugen Elementary School
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (November 12, 2022) – An 11-year-old girl was viciously attacked by a dog in Chicago while walking to Haugen Elementary School with her mother.
Cook County officials are saying that the incident took place on Thursday. A mother was walking with her daughter to school on the sidewalk near Avers Avenue and Wilson Avenue.
The girl was attacked from behind by a large dog that resembled an Akita. She was knocked to the ground and bitten on her head and neck.
The mother did her best to pull her daughter away to safety. The girl was taken to the hospital in order to receive treatment.
Police arrived at the scene near Haugen Elementary School and made a report about what happened.
Liability For Chicago Dog Attacks
Dog attacks are far more common than many people realize. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, “Dog bites pose a serious health risk to our communities and society. More than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the United States, and more than 800,000 receive medical attention for dog bites.” There are a number of steps that dog owners should take in order to prevent their dog from attacking someone.
- Dogs should always be walked on a leash except in designated no-leash areas.
- Dogs should be well secured at the home of the owner of the dog.
- Dogs should be well socialized when they are young.
Illinois is a strict liability state when it comes to dog bites. Pursuant to 510 ILCS 5/16, if a dog or other animal attacks someone without provocation the owner of the dog is liable for civil damages to such person for the full amount of the injury. Victims of dog attacks tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
It can be difficult to know where to begin after any dog attack. Many people who are bitten by dogs may not realize the full extent of their injuries for several weeks or months after the attack. It is very common for survivors to suffer PTSD for several years or even decades after a dog attack. Any person that is injured in a dog attack does have the ability to seek damages through a civil claim if that is what they choose.
Investigating A Chicago Dog Attack
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to the girl in this dog attack by Haugen Elementary School. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to authorities. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent other incidents like this.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Chicago dog attack? Our team of consumer safety advocates are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that dog bite victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support after an attack, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.