Being attacked by a dog can be a shocking and devastating event. Many people who are victims of a dog bite will suffer from severe injuries that have long-term complications. They may also suffer from mental distress and a new fear of dogs. Fortunately, in Illinois there are strict statutes that hold the owner of the dog responsible.
One of the ways a victim can easily prove that the dog owner is liable is if the dog is considered to be vicious. A vicious dog must be enclosed in a fence or structure that is at least six feet high and the fence must prevent the children from entering. A dog is considered vicious when:
- It shows unprovoked danger. A dog may be considered vicious if it bites or attacks a human or any other domestic animal when it is unprovoked.
- Has known aggressive tendencies. When a dog has a known tendency or disposition to attack without being provoked it may be vicious. It may also be vicious if it endangers the safety of a human or domestic animals.
- Has a bad reputation. A dog may be considered vicious if the dog has a known reputation for viciousness, for dangerous actions, or for attacking humans or other animals when unprovoked.
- Is dangerous. If the dog has been identified as a “dangerous dog” on at least three occasions it will be classified as vicious.
If you are the victim of a dog bite, it is important that you seek legal recovery as soon as possible. To discuss your legal options, contact an experienced Illinois dog bite lawyer at Hupy and Abraham. Call 866-625-2299 for more information and a free case evaluation.