Those who are injured in a dog attack often experience physical and psychological trauma that can leave a long lasting impact. The Chicago dog bite attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent the needs and interests of adults and children who are attacked by aggressive animals that were not properly trained or controlled by their owners. Contrary to public opinion, the dogs involved in these attacks are usually not at fault and learned their aggressive behaviors over years of mistreatment or lack of proper training. The most effective way to reduce the number of dog attacks is to require owners to be responsible for the actions of their pets.The Complete Toll of a Dog Attack
It is easy to look at injuries in one dimension, but the effects of a dog bite are not solely physical. Victims may require plastic surgery to address unsightly scars and may suffer emotional trauma due to their appearance or fear of animals due to an association with the attack. When evaluating your case, our Chicago dog bite lawyers will look at the following factors when determining how to recover maximum compensation from the responsible dog owner.
- The extent of the physical injury and cost of medical treatment. Some dog bites can require extensive medical procedures to repair damage to muscle tissue and nerves or to cover up the appearance of scars that alter the victim’s physical appearance. Bites may also become infected and require emergency treatment to address the infection.
- The extent of the emotional and psychological trauma. Some victims experience flashbacks of a brutal attack any time they approach another animal. It can impact their ability to socialize with dog owners and make it difficult to maintain friendships and relationships with people who have pets.
- The social impact of the injuries. It is difficult for children and adolescents to develop friendships and make needed social connections when they are ridiculed over their appearance. Dog bites can leave noticeable scars and make it difficult for children to lead a normal and healthy life without undergoing extensive plastic surgery.
While provocation may be claimed as a defense in dog attack cases, Illinois law firmly places responsibility on dog owners when their canine injures a person due to a bite or attack (non-bite injuries). It is the responsibility of owners to take reasonable measures to control the actions and temperament of their animals, however. Following are the fair expectations placed on all dog owners.
- To keep dogs contained when on their premises or on a leash when in public.
- To properly train their dogs and reinforce a peaceful temperament. Many of the owners of vicious dogs actually promote their aggressive behavior and think that it makes a statement to have an attack dog. When the dog gets loose and mauls another human being, the appeal is quickly lost.
- To supervise their animal when it interacts with strangers. When children approach a dog and ask to interact with it, it is the duty of the dog owner to make sure that the dog remains peaceful and docile. Before the child interacts with it, the owner should establish boundaries early on that will prevent provocation of the animal.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers believes that the actions of dogs are reflections of the time and care that their owners invest in their development. When a dog attacks someone, it is an indication that the owner has not handled that animal and should be held responsible for its actions. If you have been injured in a dog attack, contact us to learn more about how we can help you recover the compensation you need to cover the cost of your medical treatment and ongoing care.
Our Chicago dog bite attorneys are specialists in Illinois dog injury law and have pledged only to collect a fee after successfully securing compensation on your behalf. We will arrange a consultation to review your legal options free of charge and if we cannot assist you in your financial recovery, you’ll owe us nothing.
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