Anyone who has been bitten or attacked by a dog in the state of Illinois should know that the state law reaches well beyond just dog bites. The law specifically states that if you’ve been hurt by a dog in any manner (like in the case of a large dog who might have the ability to push you over), the owner of the dog might be held liable for covering the cost of the injuries sustained. Unlike other personal injury cases, there is no requirement to show that the owner was negligent. The only exceptions to this law are if you were not legally permitted to be at the place where you were attacked and/or you provoked the dog into attacking you.
The state laws that govern dog bites and other dog-related injuries are commonly referred to as tort law, which is the same area of law that covers other types of personal injuries. Keep in mind, though, that dog bite cases can be far more complex because they tend to involve both state and local laws.
What Should be Done After You’ve Been Bitten or Attacked by a Dog?
Naturally, obtaining immediate medical attention is of utmost importance to a person who has been injured by a dog; however, it is also advised that you attempt to figure out who owns the dog, even while trying to obtain medical assistance, particularly if you’ve been bitten. Doing so is important because your healthcare provider will want to know if you’re at risk for rabies.
That said, if you aren’t familiar with the dog or its owner, your healthcare provider might assume the worst and move forward with treating you with a number of vaccinations just to be on the safe side. If no one can determine who owns the dog, but the dog can be found, your local health officials will ask a veterinarian to watch the dog’s health for about 10 days to ensure there are no signs of rabies in the dog.
A Dog Bite Isn’t Always a Matter of Applying a Few Bandages – Hire an Attorney
Even beyond the issue of possible rabies, dog bites can end up tearing nerves and tendons. You might also be subject to infection in the area bitten. The occurrence of either of these things can lead to high medical bills and lost wages. That is why you should speak with Decatur personal injury lawyers who can advise you as to whether or not you should sue based on the particulars of your case. If you need to speak with an attorney, please call John Cannon at 1-800-373-6050 for a free consultation today.