You can receive financial compensation if you are attacked by a dog and receive a scar. The sum that you receive depends on the circumstances of the injury and resulting scar. Some factors that determine the amount of compensation include the following: the scar's location, the pain the scar causes, and the age and background of the victim.
What Kinds Of Damages Can I Get In An Illinois Dog Bite Case?
Illinois law affords recovery to victims of many different varieties of dog attacks. See 510 ILCS 5/15. You don't have to get bitten to get compensation. You can get attacked, almost attacked, or injured in many other ways by a dog and still seek reimbursement under the Illinois Animal Control Act. Once you do get hurt, and once you do bring a case, then all the injuries and damages that resulted from the dog incident come into court. This means you can seek recovery for the scars, bruises, costs, suffering, life changes, lost wages, and other kinds of harm due to the dog's acts. Many Illinois dog attack victims ask us if they can also sue for mental suffering that occurred because of the incident. The answer to that is they generally your mental pain must be tied to some form of physical pain or injury in order to recover or at least some fear of physical pain or injury. See Martino v. Family Service, 445 N.E.2d 6 (1982); see also Allen v. Otis, 563 N.E.2d 826 (1990).
How Do I Get Damages In An Illinois Dog Bite Case?
You need to sue the dog's owner or custodian to receive damages for an attack in Illinois. If you are injured in any way by a dog, then you might be able to obtain recovery assuming you meet the requirements of the Animal Control Act. To do that, you must establish that you were legally allowed to be where you were when attacked, didn't provoke the dog, and who the dog's owner or custodian is. Then, you must illustrate your damages to the jury or in settlement conference. This process is inherently fact-intensive and necessitates a thorough understanding of Illinois civil procedure. At this time, we caution victims to seek the guidance of experienced Illinois personal injury attorneys.
Still Have Concerns About Your Recovery Following A Dog Bite?
The number one concern that Illinois victims of dog bites and attacks have is their recovery. This makes sense because people only engage the legal process to obtain compensation that they otherwise could not have. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC has helped many people through this process following animal attacks including dogs.
We know the inspiration that spurs victims to act: medical bills, disfigurement, lost wages, and long-term suffering. To address these concerns, we move quickly to protect your rights in court. We do this on contingency to guarantee that you will not have to pay for anything unless we are successful. Get in touch with Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC today. The road to recovery begins with just a phone call.
For additional information see the following pages:
- Can Hospitals And Physicians Put a Medical Lien On Dog Bite Cases?
- Can I Recover Compensation For a Dog Attack Even if It Did Not Bite Me?
- Can I Sue a Landlord Or Property Management Company if I Am Bit by a Dog?
- What are the Most Common Types of Dogs to Attack?
- How Much is my Dog Bite Case Worth?
- What Must I Prove to Win a Dog Bite Injury Case in Illinois?
- When Should I File a Lawsuit if I Was Bit by a Dog?
- When Should I Get a Lawyer After I Am Bit by a Dog?
- Who Pays for a Settlement in Chicago Dog Bite Cases?