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Who should pay for my child’s medical expenses if he developed an infection after a dog bite in Illinois?

According to the Illinois dog bite statute, the dog’s owner or the person who was responsible for the dog at the time of the bite or attack is legally responsible for the damages caused by the bite or attack…with limited exceptions. The law further provides that the owner—or the person who was responsible for the dog at the time of the injury—is responsible for paying the full amount of damages caused by the bite or attack.

This Includes Infections Resulting From the Animal Bite or Attack

An infection may not be readily apparent at the time of the dog bite, or even in the hours or days following the attack. Immediately following the attack, your child may have needed emergency medical care to clean and close the wound. After that, the doctors may have talked about pain management and even infection protection.

However, not all infections can be prevented by your child’s doctors, by your child, or by you. Unfortunately, a wound created by a dog can result in a painful and dangerous infection that requires a significant amount of additional medical treatment for your child. This type of medical treatment may include, but may not be limited to:

  • Antibiotics and other medication
  • Hospitalization
  • Follow up doctors’ appointments

All of this can be costly, and may be included in your child’s legal recovery from her dog bite injuries.

To learn more about what may be included in your child’s recovery and about how to protect your child’s recovery, please fill out our online contact form today and schedule a free meeting with us so that we can talk to you about the information that you need to help your child during this difficult time.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham