Recognized as an aggressive and power breed of dog, pit bulls are responsible for many attacks every year in the United States. Unfortunately, over 1,000 individuals require emergency health care treatments for injuries sustained by pit bull bites every year in the United States. A recent research study also indicates that pit bulls were responsible for 59 percent of all dog-attack deaths from 2009 to 2012. The pit bull breed has aggressive qualities not found in other dogs, and it also is a breed with one of the strongest jaw strengths that can easily damage muscle and flesh with even just a playful ‘nip’.
Those who have pit bulls must be aware that their beloved pets may actually pose a serious risk to the rest of the public and take precautions such as: leashing their animals and taking them to canine training course. Pit bulls are frequently considered to be fighting dogs, and their aggressive nature may cause a pit bull bite or other type of injury to passers-by or neighbors. One can never anticipate when a dog may lash out and cause a pit bull attack in Chicago. Pit bull bites have the potential to cause serious injuries to people and also cause deaths of individuals.
Serious Injuries Caused by Chicago Pit Bull Attacks May Require Extensive Medical Care
When one is involved in a pit bull attack in Chicago, there are serious injuries that commonly result. It can only take minutes for pit bulls to cause severe injuries and permanent disabilities in victims. Victims can suffer from the following types of injuries when they are involved in pit bull attacks:
- Severe lacerations
- Severe bruising
- Abrasions in the skin
- Fractured bones
- Permanent nerve damage
- Torn ligaments
- Pronounced scarring
It is important for those who have suffered from serious injuries from a pit bull attack to receive immediate medial attention and file a report with the police. One should immediately call the police and ensure that all details are recorded in a police report including a description of the attacking dog and dog owners name and address. This will be an important stage of the process of dealing with a pit bull injury and potentially filing a lawsuit at a later time. A judge and jury will need actual proof that one has been involved in a pit bull attack and has suffered from injuries and details as to who the owner of the animal is.
After filing a police report, individuals should seek emergency medical help. It may be necessary to try to stop bleeding on the way to seeking emergency medical help. Those who have suffered from injuries after a pit bull attack should place a towel over the affected area, wash the bite with soap and water and also apply antibiotic ointment to the affected area. This can be a short-term way to treat a dog bite before one arrives at the hospital.
Chicago Pit Bull Attack Injuries Are Compensable Under Illinois’ Animal Control Act Law
Being involved in a pit bull attack can be a costly experience for the victim. The victim may be left with permanent disabilities or injuries. He or she may be unable to return to work, and a victim may also be unable to provide a stable income for his or her family. It is vital for one who has been involved in a pit bull attack to try to find out how much he or she may receive in lost wages. A medical report must be filed so that the correct amount for lost wages can be calculated. Lost wages can be paid to dog attack victims for past, present and future missed workdays.
Other forms of monetary compensation that may also be available for individuals involved in pit bull attacks may be medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and property damage.
Filing a Lawsuit After a Pit Bull Attack with Help from Illinois Dog Bite Lawyers
The dog bite attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can assist those who have been involved in pit bull attacks in Chicago and throughout the State of Illinois. Our law office has experience representing people in pit bull bite cases and can assist in the process of investigating one’s pit bull attack case, getting medical records and filing a lawsuit for compensation against the responsible party. Experience handling dog bite injury cases in Illinois means that we know the value of dog bite cases and can accurately advise you when an insurance carrier’s settlement is reasonable or when litigation is necessary.