Orland Park Dog Bites Lawyers with Offices in Cook and DuPage Counties
Tinley Park Injury Attorneys for Dog Bites and Animal Attacks
On an average day in the United States, more than 1,000 people require emergency medical attention for injuries caused by dog bites, many of them children. Each year, nearly 10,000 dog bite victims are hospitalized, and several dozens die from their injuries. At Schwartz Injury Law, we love dogs, but we understand the seriousness of dog bite injuries. If you have been attacked and injured by a dog, you may be able to collect compensation for your injuries.
The skilled lawyers at our firm have obtained many millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for injured victims, including those hurt by dog bites and animal attacks. Our attorneys are known throughout the local legal community as hardworking victims’ advocates who get results. Members of our team have been honored with numerous awards and distinctions by various organizations and associations, including Super Lawyers, Leading Lawyers, the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, Crain’s Chicago Business, and many others.
Understanding Dog Bite Laws in Illinois
The Illinois Animal Control Act provides that owners may be held liable when their dogs attack, attempt to attack, bite, or otherwise cause injuries to another person. With very few exceptions, a dog’s owner is strictly liable for the actions and behavior of the animal.
Attorney Allen N. Schwartz is an experienced Illinois personal injury lawyer who has helped many clients throughout the region recover damages for dog bite injuries. He and his team of award-winning trial attorneys will work closely with you and your family to ensure that your rights are fully protected. We understand that proving a dog bite injury case requires showing that:
- The dog in question belongs to or was under the care of the defendant at the time of the attack;
- You were in a place that you were legally permitted to be;
- You were acting in a peaceful manner and did not provoke the dog; and
- Your injuries were a direct result of the dog’s actions.
Many dog bite cases require extensive negotiations with homeowners’ insurance carriers in pursuit of a fair settlement. We will not be tricked or intimidated into accepting substandard settlements, and we are prepared to go to court on your behalf if necessary.
Collecting Damages for Dog Bites in Mokena and Homer Glen
When a dog attacks, it can cause devastating and even life-threatening injuries. In less severe cases, dog bites can still break bones, sever extremities, and leave permanent scars. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be eligible to collect compensation for:
- Medical expense, including long-term rehabilitation and physical therapy;
- Lost wages and reduced earning capacity;
- Temporary or permanent disability;
- Pain and suffering, including emotional distress;
- Scarring and disfigurement; and
- Property damage.
A dog bite can change your life forever in a matter of seconds, but a skilled personal injury attorney can help you minimize the financial impact. If you have been injured by an aggressive dog, contact Schwartz Injury Law today. Call 708-226-9000 for a free, no-obligation consultation at our Orland Park office. We are proud to help dog bite victims in Tinley Park, Oak Forest, Oak Lawn, Mokena, Frankfort, Lemont, Homer Glen, and the surrounding areas.