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Naperville Dog Bite Lawyer

Naperville Dog BitesIt is not uncommon because most homeowners insurance policies do not cover any type of animal attack except those caused by wild animals such as bears or coyotes (which rarely occur).

So if you get bit by your neighbor's pit bull while walking past their house on the way to work, then you will have no recourse but to pay thousands of dollars yourself for medical bills and pain and to suffer compensation, unless you hold the dog owner accountable.

At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, our personal injury attorneys are experienced in representing dog bite victims throughout Naperville and the Chicago area, including nearby Aurora, Downers Grove, Wheaton, Lisle, and Bolingbrook. Our Naperville personal injury lawyers offer a free consultation for all dog bites cases, so call (888) 424-5757 today to schedule yours!

Naperville Dog Bite Lawyer

Naperville Dog Bite Lawyers

Every year, thousands of people are attacked by dogs and suffer serious injuries resulting in high medical bills, physical pain, and suffering and compensation for their mental anguish.

Dog attacks often leave lasting physical scars and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Many of these victims need to see a plastic surgeon who specializes in dog bite reconstructive surgery.

Family pets are no exception to these attacks, with even the most docile creatures sometimes turning into aggressive attackers. When that happens, you need to hire an Illinois dog bite lawyer familiar with local animal control laws and ordinances.

At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, our personal injury attorneys handle all types of cases involving dangerous beasts, including dog bites, attacks by domestic pets such as cats, and other mammals such as gerbils, mice, rabbits, and rodents.

Our Naperville dog bite attorneys handle claims involving bites by farm animals such as horses and bulls too. In addition, our experienced personal injury lawyers will make sure that your rights are protected.

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Naperville has one of the highest populations in Illinois. Unfortunately, this means that it will have a bigger number of dog attacks than other cities. Every day, there are approximately 100 bites reported to city officials.

Statistics from animal/dog control show that seven dogs have no previous attack history out of ten dogs.

Therefore, it is very important to hold the animal's owner liable for any actions resulting in bodily injury or property damage, like if the dog bit innocent bystanders, requiring medical treatment.

Consult an experienced Naperville personal injury lawyer who specializes in these kinds of cases.

Naperville Dog Bite Lawsuits

Illinois law provides injured dog bite victims a legal remedy for financial compensation when harmed during an animal attack. The law is known as the Illinois Animal Control Act and permits dog bite victims to file lawsuits against the dogs' owners for civil damages.

If a dog attacks you, you should immediately contact the animal shelter where it is housed to receive information about your legal rights under state law. Then, act fast since there are strict deadlines in place that dog bite victims must adhere to preserve their right to file a Naperville dog bite lawsuit.

You should also contact an experienced Naperville dog bite lawyer at our law office who can provide you with more information about the strength of your case and the amount of fair compensation that you are entitled to receive. In addition, you need legal representation by someone familiar with the civil justice system.

Dog bite lawsuits can provide victims with monetary compensation to help pay for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Mental anguish and pain and suffering
  • Lost wages if you missed time from work because of your serious bite injuries
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

These lawsuits can help family pets live safer lives in many dog bite cases by providing homeowners with the financial resources to pay for fencing or other re-constructions that keep family pets in the yard and away from people.

Dog bite lawsuits can be very complicated because it is not always easy to prove that the dog owner was responsible for their pet's actions. Therefore, you need an experienced personal injury attorney who knows how to gather evidence, question neighbors, identify witnesses and win your dog bite case!

Preventing Dog Attacks

According to DogBite.org, adults and children can take steps to avoid a dog bite leading to severe injuries or wrongful death. The steps to avoid animal attacks include:

  • Not provoking an animal
  • Avoiding eye contact with the creature
  • Approaching it in a non-threatening manner so as not to startle it
  • Resisting the urge to run away in most cases

If a dog attacks you, the best thing to do is remain still and let it think that you are not a threat. If you fight back, the canine may become more aggressive and attack with even more fury.

If it is unavoidable for you to be in close quarters with a dog, you should make sure that you are upwind of the animal so that if it does attack, it will catch your scent and not see you as prey. You should also avoid tugging on any clothing or accessories because this motion can be seen as a provocation.

Never approach or pet an unfamiliar dog because this can be perceived as being aggressive towards it. It is best to ask the owner if you are permitted to touch the dog before doing so. If you are certain that your children will interact with an animal, make sure they know how to act around a dog to reduce the risk of a bite.

Illinois Animal Control Act

The Illinois Animal Control Act states that any owner whose dog injures a person will be financially responsible for all medical bills and other costs arising from an attack if they knew their pet tended towards violence. The law further states that it is not an acceptable defense for owners to claim they are unaware of their dog's natural inclinations.

If the dog bite injury causes a permanent scar or disfigurement, owners will be required to pay for future surgeries and other procedures. However, if the attack leaves behind no visible mark, then compensation will be limited to the cost of all medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.

Cook County and DuPage County dog owners who are found guilty by a judge or jury can be charged up to $15,000 for each incident depending on the severity of the injuries inflicted. This amount typically does not include restitution for pain and suffering.

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Law and Ordinances

Naperville, Illinois, dog laws help maintain peace and order in the community. The laws and ordinances provide acceptable guidelines for keeping the dog, owners, and others safe from harm by not allowing the pet to roam free throughout the neighborhood.

It is important because irresponsible owners can be found legally liable if their dog bites an individual, another pet, or property. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represents children and adults involved in dog bite attacks.

The loving commitment of taking care of a dog can bring much joy to families and individuals. It is because dogs are considered loyal friends that provide unconditional love. However, any pet in the hands of a neglectful owner can easily develop unacceptable behavior that can cause harm to others.

When an individual is injured through a dog attack, the responsibility is usually attributed to the pet owner, who might be negligent in not using a dog leash or not providing adequate fencing.

Statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show how over 4.5 million Americans are attacked by dogs every year. Approximately 350,000 require treatment in the emergency room. Sadly, nearly dog bite victims, especially children suffering serious injuries to their faces.

Naperville Dog Ordinances

In January 2015, Naperville revised its municipal codes to control animals within the city limits. Chapter 4 of the city's municipal codes provides various ordinances on animal/dog control to ensure the well-being of all of its residents and visitors.

These ordinances include:

  • Dog License Requirements: Any household keeping and owning dogs and cats within the city limits are required to obtain a license for each animal. The license must be purchased within 30 days of moving into a new residence or acquiring a new pet. The licenses are not transferable between pets. Licensing tags are to be displayed on the animal's collar at all times. (Section 10-4-3-2)
  • Inoculations and Vaccinations: All household dogs and cats four months of age and older residing within the city limits must receive a rabies vaccination by a licensed veterinarian that provides immunity lasting between one and three years. (Section 10-4-5-1)
  • The Number of Household Pets: The city of Naperville limits the number of cats and dogs allowed in a single residential dwelling to three dogs or less and three cats or less, except in the case of raising a litter within the first four months after their birth. (Section 10-4-5-2)
  • Public Nuisance: It is the responsibility of the dog's owner or keeper to prevent the pet from bad behavior that creates a public nuisance. It can include animals that habitually howl, bark, cry, yelp, or run at large to the point where it disrupts the quiet in the community or annoys neighbors. (Section 10-4-5-4)
  • Animal Bites: All animals that bite an individual will be promptly delivered to a local licensed veterinarian or confined in a way as defined by the local Animal Control Act. (Section 10-4-10)

Common Dog Bite Injuries

Dog bites are usually the result of a vicious dog attack. Any dog bite injury sustained can be considered as physical harm and damage to property. Victims of such attacks may suffer serious bodily injuries such as:

Dangerous Dog Breeds

According to the American Veterinary Association (AVMA), there are no breeds of inherently dangerous dogs. Irresponsible pet owners' neglectful or abusive treatment may cause a dog's temperament to change and attack another individual. The AVMA lists the following breeds as potentially vicious:

Fortunately, Naperville prohibits the ownership or breeding of such breeds within city limits. (Section 10-4-5-3)

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Seeking Financial Compensation for a Dog Bite

Contact our Cook County dog bite attorneys today for immediate legal advice. The law offices of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC advise you to seek immediate medical attention if a dog has bitten you. Any lack of treatment can ultimately cause serious injuries or lead to infection or death if the dog is diseased.

Dog bites can cause excessive scarring, pain, and discomfort, which are medical problems that are often very expensive to treat. Therefore, it is essential to find the owner responsible for the control of the pet. In addition, it will help you build a dog bite case against the pet owner for their negligence and instigate the opportunity for their animal to attack others.

Call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC at (888) 424-5757 or use the contact form to discuss legal options concerning your dog bite or other injuries on a contingency fee basis.

A competent dog bite attorney can help you build the case to recover compensation by filing a dog bite claim or lawsuit against every potentially responsible party.

These parties might include animal keepers, property owners, landlords, and parents of minor children controlling the pet. These cases are typically resolved by payment from the pet owner's insurance company paying economic and non-economic damages.

All confidential or sensitive information you share with our personal injury dog bite attorneys remains private through an attorney-client relationship.

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