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How Will Illinois Law Protect You If You Are Bitten by a Dog?

Illinois law determines who is liable when a ferocious dog attacks.It wasn’t your dog that attacked you or your loved one and caused serious harm.

Now that your immediate medical needs have been taken care of, you may be wondering about the rest of your recovery. How will you pay for the medical expenses you’ve already had and the ones you will need in the future? How will you make ends meet when you’ve been out of work recovering? Who is responsible?

Illinois Law Is Clear

According to the Illinois Animal Control Act, 510 ILCS 5/16:

  • The person responsible for the dog bite (or other dog-related injury) is the dog’s owner or the person who was in control of the dog at the time of the injury. For example, if the owner had left the dog with a friend for the weekend and the bite or attack occurred during that time, then the friend could be responsible for your injuries.
  • Injuries caused by dog bites are covered by the law, and so too are any other injuries caused by a dog who attacks or attempt to attack a person without provocation.
  • The potential damages include compensation for the full amount of the dog bite injury suffered.

There are exceptions to this law, however. The dog’s owner or keeper is not responsible for paying for damages if the person who was hurt…

  • Was somewhere where she did not have a legal right to be.
  • Was not peacefully conducting herself.
  • Provoked the animal in some way.

If you have questions about how this law applies to you, then please contact us today for a free consultation. Our experienced Illinois dog bite lawyers know that dog bite injuries are often personal and the dog’s owner may be your neighbor, relative, or friend. We also know what your injuries can cost you, and we work with insurance companies to get our clients the fair and just recoveries they deserve.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham