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Chicago Accident Lawyer, Scott DeSalvo here.

Today we are going to talk about dog bite cases: How they work, What you have to prove, and How to protect your rights.

I happen to like animals; I grew up around dogs and cats. Some dogs are very well mannered. They rarely bark at anybody and they pretty much get along with everyone.

But some dogs are aggressive and it doesn’t really matter what size they are. You can have tiny dogs that are aggressive. If they bite you they can break the skin and you can end up with a scar, an infection and you might even need stitches.

But when an aggressive dog is large and strong and it attacks the person, especially a child, then the injuries can literally be life threatening.

So talking about what we are about to discuss is important because if you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, you need to know how to protect your rights.

The first thing I want to tell you is that there is a special law in Illinois that protects people in dog bite cases.

If an owner or keeper of a dog allows the dog to bite you, then you can recover, get your medical bills paid and you can also be compensated for any pain and suffering and any scars that you have.

The problem here is if a tenant is keeping an aggressive dog and the landlord does not know about it, then the landlords insurance may not want to pay.

Thankfully, using the Animal Control Act is not your only option for a dog bite case. There are other ways to handle these cases and a good experienced dog bite lawyer knows how to do it.

The next thing I want you to know about dog bite cases, depending on the legal theory we are pursuing, we may or may not have to prove that the dog is aggressive or that he has bitten somebody else in the past.

If you pursue your case under the Animal Control Act, you don’t have to prove that the dog is aggressive or bit anyone else
But if we proceed under a negligence theory, then we do have to prove that the owner or keeper of the dog was negligent for leaving a fence gate open, not having a tall enough fence, that the dog escaped the yard or has harassed or bit people in the past.

Finally, you should know that in a dog bite case, you can recover the entire range of damages that are available in almost every kind of injury case. This can include scarring and disfigurement, loss of income, payment of medical bills even damages if the dog cripples or kills someone.  Insurance companies are experienced in defending these kinds of cases because they see lots of them. So you probably should not try to handle a dog bite case by yourself. At minimum you should try to get a free consultation with an attorney who can evaluate your case and tell you what to look for and what to look out for.

Consulting with an experienced injury lawyer is the best way to make sure you receive everything the law says you are entitled to.

I offer a free consultation in person or by telephone, your choice.

I can answer all of your questions with no obligation.

If you aren’t ready for that, I’d be happy to send you a copy of my injury DVD video which answers the most common questions injured people have. It can be delivered electronically to you at your e-mail address or if you would like a hard copy/physical copy, I will mail that to you for free.

Providing good information to injured people is the mission of my law office. If I can be of further assistance, please don’t hesitate to call.

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