Waukegan dog bite attorneys have years of experience in handling vicious animal attack cases throughout the Chicagoland area. This is because thousands of individuals suffer dog bites every year who require immediate medical attention. The city of Waukegan, Illinois has enacted municipal code ordinances as a way to control the animal to protect the lives and well-being of its residents.
Claims for dog bites and dog attacks throughout the Chicago Metropolitan area and Lake County are handled under the umbrella of Illinois personal injury tort law. These laws protect the rights of injured parties when seeking recompense for their injury caused by the negligent actions of another party. This is important because more than 4.5 million dog attacks happen every year in the United States.
Nearly one out of every two dog attacks happen to children 12 years or younger, where the dog’s serious bites cause significant injuries to their face, neck, shoulders and arms. Additionally, Pit Bulls and Rottweilers are the most lethal breeds of dogs in the United States accounting for nearly three out of every four fatalities. Most fatal dog bites occur within the household where the victim was either temporary living in the home or visiting.
As a response to serious dog attacks that have taken the lives of innocent children, many cities throughout the Chicagoland area have tighten their dog laws in an effort to increase the safety of their citizens.
In Bloomington, Illinois in January 2014, Kara Hartich lost her life on her fourth birthday in an attack by two of the family’s unneutered male pit bulls while at home with her grandmother and two-year-old sister. The young child suffered multiple dog bites to her neck, head and arms and was unresponsive when rescue personnel arrived.
Waukegan Municipal Dog Codes
Chapter 4 in the Waukegan municipal codes contains ordinances involving animal control within the city limits. These ordinances are designed to protect the public and provide detailed information on owning and controlling dogs, cats and other animals residing in or visiting the city. Some of these ordinances include:
- Maximum Number of Pets – No one residing in or visiting the city can harbor, own or house more than three dogs or cats in a combined total, except with written permission of the Waukegan chief of police. (Section 4-5)
- Required Licenses – All dogs and cats four months of age and older must be licensed within 30 days after acquisition. All subsequent renewals of its animal license occurs on May 1 of every year. All license tags must be worn by the animal at all times while attached to a durable collar. (Section 4-65)
- Animal Restraint – The city of Waukegan does not permit dogs running at large and instead must be kept under restraint unless being utilized in law enforcement or rescue work. All dogs must be secured by a lead or leash while in public and behind the secured high fence of a sufficient appropriate height based on the animal to prevent from reaching over or jumping the wall. (Section 4-41)
File a Claim for Recompense
The city ordinances in Illinois laws protect individuals who have suffered injuries while being attacked or bitten by a dog, by filing a claim or lawsuit against all parties responsible for the incident. However, these types of cases are difficult to litigate. Because of that, victims will often hire the dog bite case attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC who specialize in these types of cases.
Our team of experienced attorneys can build a solid case for recompense to ensure you receive adequate recovery of the costs of your medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering, damages and injuries. We accept dog bite accident cases on contingency. Call the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC hotline at (888) 424-5757 today to schedule a free, initial consultation.