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Being attacked by a dog takes most victims by surprise. We never want to think that a dog can be mean or dangerous. After all, they are supposed to be our best friends. Unfortunately, dogs are not always our best friends when their aggressive, predatory nature takes over.

If you have been attacked by a dog in Lake County, Illinois, it is important to know that you have legal options to recover damages that were caused due to the incident. To build the best possible case and to not exceed the statute of limitations, you should begin your case right away.

Once you are immersed in your case you will most likely hear terms that are unfamiliar to you. Some of the terms that may be new and that you should know are:

  • Vicious dog. This term is used to describe the temperament of the dog. To be considered a vicious dog, the dog must bite when unprovoked, must be known to be unsafe, must display vicious characteristics, or must be considered a “dangerous dog.”
  • Liability statute. This law allows a person who is injured by a dog to be able to recover damages against the dog’s owner. The plaintiff must prove that the dog owner was negligent at the time of the injury.
  • Dangerous dog. This means that a dog—with a vicious or terrorizing manner—approaches any person in an apparent attitude of attack in any public area when the dog is unmuzzled, unleashed, or unattended by its owner.

As a dog bite victim, it is important that you understand all the terms and laws associated with your claim. To discuss your legal options, contact a Gurnee dog bite attorney at Hupy and Abraham. Call 866-625-2299 with all your legal questions.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham
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