Chicago Dog Bite & Attack Settlements
Our Chicago dog bite attorneys represent people who have been injured due to dog bites or attacks. The majority of dog bite settlements are paid by the dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance policy. That’s right, the same policy that most of us have to protect us against damage from fire and storms also covers injuries inflicted by man’s best friend.
From the time our office is retained in a dog bite case, we begin an investigation to determine who the owner of the dog is and who their insurance company is. After we have determined that there is insurance coverage, we then look towards how we can maximize the value of your case. To this end, we may get wounds professionally photographed or have a report prepared by a plastic surgeon to convey the extent of residual scarring.
Factors That May Contribute or Detract from the Value of Your Dog Attack Case
Our dog bite lawyers have experience representing men, women and children injured by dogs in jurisdictions across Illinois. Below are factors that need to be considered when eyeing the settlement value of this type of case:
- What does the scar look like?
- How old is the bite victim?
- Is the bite victim single or married?
- Is future surgery needed to help minimize scarring?
- If the bite is to a hand or arm, does it restrict movement?
- Has the dog attacked other people before?
- Who is the insurance company and how much coverage to they offer?
- Did the incident occur at a home, business or school?
- Was the victim doing anything to provoke the animal prior to the attack?
Don’t Feel Bad About Filing a Dog Bite Case Against a Friend or Neighbor
Many dog bite injury cases involve animals owned by friends or neighbors. While it may seem awkward to be pursuing a case against someone you care about, the truth is that no money is likely to be paid out of the dog owner’s pocket. Settlements in the majority of dog attack cases are paid directly by their homeowners insurance.
As attorneys who have represented many people in these circumstances, were are mindful of the dynamic between the parties and always work within your wishes—whether it means settling the case or taking the matter to court.
Get a Free Case Review With a Chicago Dog Bite Attorney Today
If you or your child was injured in an Illinois dog bite attack, we would like to talk to you about your legal rights for recovery. Our firm is committed to securing the most favorable outcome for you based on your situation. As with all of our personal injury matters, we handle dog bite cases on a contingency fee basis, where there is only a legal fee charged when there is a recovery for you. You heard that correctly, we only get paid when you do.
- $400,000: Dog bite. A child visiting the home of a friend was attacked by a German Shepherd while eating lunch in the back yard. The child has scars to his face and arms. The animal also had a history of aggressive behavior and attacked a repairman in the area the week before.
- $380,000: Awarded to a 16-year-old girl who received bites to her lips, nose and ear while walking her dog in a northern suburb of Chicago. The girl underwent two facial reconstructive surgeries and several dermal abrasions to close the wound and reduce scarring .
- $265,000: A seventy-year-old woman was attacked by a neighbor’s mixed-breed pit bull . Though the dog did not bite the woman, it did knock her down a narrow alley. The woman fractured her ankle and required surgery and rehabilitation at an in-patient facility.
- $235,500: While relaxing at a popular park on a hot summer day, our client was approached by a yellow Labrador retriever who was wandering without a leash. As the woman began to walk away, the dog lunged at her arm and hand. The woman was taken to a nearby emergency room and transferred to a trauma center where a hand surgeon performed a delicate surgery to repair some of the nerves that were damaged in the attack. After physical therapy, the woman has limited grip strength and some sensory loss.
- $205,433: Our client, a 6-year old boy , was invited to a friend’s home for an after school play date. While eating a snack, the friend’s family's Doberman bit the boy in the face. The boy received 28 stitches to his lip and nose area. After consulting with various plastic surgeons, the consensus was that there was no corrective treatment to minimize the scarring.
- $170,000: A young Portuguese Water Dog attacked a woman who was riding her bicycle with her children. Though no contact was made between the animal and the woman, the attack startled the woman so much that she lost control of her bicycle , and she fell over the handlebars fracturing her wrist . A plate was surgically implanted in the wrist.
- $99,000: An 85-pound Rottweiler jumped on a three-year-old boy while he was playing at a beach. The dog’s claws broke the skin on the boy’s chest and stomach. Over a year and one-half following the incident, the claw marks are still prominent. Incidentally, the only medical expense submitted to the dog owner’s insurance carrier was a visit to a pediatrician for approximately $150.00.