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Dog Bite Lawyers in Naperville

Don’t Pay for a Negligent Owner’s Behavior!

Even if you love dogs, accidents can still happen. When a dog bites you, the resulting injuries can take you by surprise. Most often, it is not your fault or the dog’s fault but rather a negligent owner’s fault. Owners are held legally responsible for their dogs' behavior in public and on private property. If you were bitten by a dog, you may be entitled to compensation from the dog’s owner, their insurance company, or both.

Even if the injury seems to be healing properly, the treatment and suffering that you must go through to recover from a dog bite can last for many years to come.

It is important to talk to a dog bite attorney in Naperville early to discuss all of your legal options. Our personal injury lawyers at Chute, O’Malley, Knobloch & Turcy, LLC have years of experience in personal injury law and will help you make the best legal decisions for your case.

Discussing your options with a lawyer as soon as possible is the best way to ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve. Call our office at (773) 906-4063 now!

Illinois's Dog Bite Statute

Illinois state law has a specific statute that governs dog bite injuries. Under 510 ILCS 5/16, to prove that a dog or animal owner is liable for a bite, the following elements must be met:

  • the dog or other animal attacked, attempted to attack, or otherwise injured the person,
  • the person had a lawful right to be in the place they were injured, and
  • the dog or other animal was not provoked in any way.

Illinois's dog bite law covers injuries caused by animal bites as well as other injuries related to animal behaviors, such as if a dog jumps on a person and knocks them over. While some states apply a "one bite rule" which absolves animal owners from liability for a first-time attack if the animal had no history of aggression, Illinois is a "strict liability" state and does not follow these rules. This means that animal owners in Illinois can be held liable for any injuries their animals cause as long as the victim was not trespassing or provoking the animal.

Common Dog Bite Injuries

A dog bite can cause many types of serious injuries including:

  • Puncture wounds
  • Lacerations with a need for stitches
  • Infections
  • Diseases, including Rabies and Ringworm
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD

If you have any of these injuries or other as a result of your dog bite incident, call the Naperville dog bite lawyers at Chute, O’Malley, Knobloch & Turcy, LLC for a consultation today.

Deadlines for Illinois Dog Bite Lawsuits

Like all other types of personal injury cases, dog bite lawsuits in Illinois are subject to a legal deadline known as a "statute of limitations" which limits the amount of time a dog bite victim has to take legal action. If you have been bitten by a dog, you have two years from the date of the attack to bring a case in court. If this deadline expires, you will likely lose your right to sue and will be unable to secure compensation for your injuries. For this reason, it is essential to get in touch with a skilled attorney early on after a dog bite to guard your rights and protect yourself against potentially costly pitfalls.

Naperville Dog Bite Lawyers with a Personal Touch

Our founding attorney has never represented an insurance company, a Fortune 500 company, or even a corporation. He has dedicated his entire practice to representing people like you - people that have been injured and need help recovering money that they need in order to cope with their injuries. When you go with Chute, O’Malley, Knobloch & Turcy, LLC, you go with a team that cares about you—not the profits of anybody else.

Our trial-tested attorneys share years of experience and have worked at large, big-city firms. We've recovered millions for clients and would be honored to represent you too.

Call now to talk to our personal injury lawyer about your dog bite incident and to begin building your case. Make an appointment by calling (773) 906-4063. We charge no fees unless we win your case.

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