We are in the process of prosecuting a dog bite case on behalf of a three-year-old boy who was attacked by Schnauzer at the home of an uncle in suburban Chicago. Likely trying to pry food out of the boy’s mouth, the dog charged at the boy causing him to fall over and eventually bit the boy on several areas around his lip and nose before the dog could be pulled away.
The facial lacerations required care at Glenbrook Hospital where a plastic surgeon was called in to suture the wounds in the most cosmetically pleasing way. Though the stitches have now been removed, the boy has noticeable facial scarring which may require a cosmetic procedure to help reduce their appearance.
Like most dog bite and dog attack cases, this incident is covered under the uncle’s homeowner’s insurance policy. While it may seem unusual for a family member to pursue a legal claim against one another, given the insurance coverage involved in dog bite cases, any payment related to the settlement of the claim will likely come directly from the insurance carrier as opposed to the individual.
As part of our legal representation of this toddler, we have had the wounds professionally photographed and have arranged for a plastic surgeon to evaluate the boy to opine as to the scar’s permanence and the cost and effectiveness of corrective procedures to reduce the appearance of the facial scars.
Dog Bite Attacks
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represents children and adults who have been attacked or bitten by another person’s dog. In Illinois, the legislature has created the Animal Control Act (510 ILCS 5/1) which hold’s dog (or any type of animal) owner’s strictly liable for the injuries caused to others. As with most dog bite cases, an owner is responsible for both the medical expenses related to caring for the wound as well as any disfigurement to the person. If you are the victim of a dog attack, we encourage you to talk with our dog bite lawyers for a free legal consultation.