Yes. In certain situations, you can sue a landlord or property management company if you are bit by a dog. These cases differ significantly from suits against dog owners. When you proceed against a landlord or management company, you are alleging that they failed in their capacity to maintain a safe environment.
How Are Lawsuits Against Landlords Different Than Lawsuits Against Dog Owners?
A cause of action for a dog bite or attack against an owner is vastly different than one against a landlord in Illinois. In the first scenario, you are simply making a strict liability case that the defendant owns the dog, the dog injured you, and you were abiding by the law. In the second scenario, you can choose one of two paths. First, you can try and show that the landlord didn’t remove the dog while knowing it was dangerous. This is tricky though because you also must demonstrate that the defendant landlord has actual knowledge of the dog’s dangerous tendencies and actual abilities to remove the dog. Both of these facets are hard to prove convincingly. Second, you can try and show that the landlord was harboring or in control of the dog. Suffice it to say, you will be faced with significant legal challenges whichever route you choose. It can help to have an attorney that has done it before but it will nearly always be harder to convince a jury of a landlord’s culpability than an owner’s in Illinois dog bite cases.
What Defenses Can Defendants Raise In Illinois Dog Bite Cases?
Your job is clear if you are attacked by a dog. Show the defendant owns it; show it attacked you; and show you did nothing wrong. The defendant’s task is more complicated. Defendants in Illinois can either disassemble your case or raise an outside argument. Thus, they can try and convince a jury that you provoked the animal or that you were a trespasser. Alternatively, they can use an affirmative defense. For example, they might complain that you brought your lawsuit after the relevant statute of limitations had expired. These are some of the most common responses from defendants in Illinois dog bite litigation but there are more and it is crucial to combat them with the facts and law.
Do You Still Have Concerns About Illinois Dog Bite Cases?
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has worked with many children and adults who have victims of dog attacks. We know that you will have many questions and concerns about a possible claim. Just know that we can commit all the time, energy, and resources to ensure that you maximize the recovery available to you. Also, we can arrange to work for you on a contingency-fee basis. This means we won’t ask you for a penny until your case successfully concludes. Call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today and start the process of recovery that you are entitled to.
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