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How can I recover for my medical expenses if I’ve been hurt by a dog in Illinois?

File a claim for all your medical expenses after a dog attack

Even if you are confident that you can meet all of the requirements of the Illinois Dog Bite Statute, you still have to take action in order to make a fair recovery of the bite-related medical expenses that you have incurred and that you are reasonably likely to incur in the future.

How to Do That

The dog owner or the dog owner’s insurance company is not going to pay your recovery unless you negotiate a fair settlement or secure a court verdict. In order to get a fair settlement or court verdict, you should be prepared to prove…

  • Which dog hurt you and the identity of the dog’s owner.
  • That you did not provoke the dog and that you were acting peacefully at the time of the attack.
  • That you were in a place where you lawfully had a right to be at the time of the attack.
  • The full and fair value of your past, current, and future medical expenses.

You may benefit from working with an experienced attorney and expert witnesses to get the information that you need to make a full recovery.

What’s Included in a Fair Recovery of Medical Expenses?

Generally, any healthcare-related cost that stems from your dog bite injury should be included in your recovery. This includes costs that you have already accumulated and costs that you are likely to face in the future. It could include, but is not limited to:

  • Hospitalizations.
  • Surgeries.
  • Doctors’ visits.
  • Medications, such as antibiotics, pain bills, or topical scar treatments.
  • Rehabilitation therapies, including physical therapy and occupational therapy, for example.

Together, these expenses can be significant, but the health care may be necessary to help you recover as fully as possible. Thus, it is worth fighting for the recovery of these expenses.

Your time to pursue a recovery for dog bite related medical expenses is limited. Accordingly, we encourage you to contact an experienced dog bite lawyer to talk about protecting your rights to a fair recovery of your medical expenses and all of your dog-bite–related damages. Simply call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-800-5678 or start a live chat with us now to learn more.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham