Barking DogThis is the first post in a series that will address dog bite cases in Peoria and throughout Illinois. My upcoming series will discuss such cases and how to respond if you are the victim of such an incident. Dog bites are common occurrences and can happen even if the animal is familiar with the person it attacks. Many people are hesitant to report these incidents or take legal action due to the dog belonging to a neighbor, family member, or friend. However, dog bites should be taken seriously, and all pet owners are responsible for controlling their animals to prevent such attacks.

Victims of these types of attacks can have long-term or permanent injuries and may lose the ability to work. Damages in these cases include physical, but also emotional or non-economic injuries which resulted from the attack. The goal of my coming articles is to provide information on what to expect if you or a family member has been injured by a dog. It is also my goal to provide information which will assist in the selection of a personal injury lawyer. If you or a family member are in need of assistance, then contact my office today to speak with an attorney.

I will be addressing the following topics over the coming articles. Issue which I will discuss include:

  • Liability for dog bites in Illinois
  • Insurance coverage for dog bites in Peoria and other Illinois areas
  • Strict liability for an Illinois dog bites
  • The process of litigating a dog bite case

I am addressing these topics for multiple reasons. First, you should understand the laws regarding liability for dog bites. The state follows the “strict liability” approach in these types of personal injury cases. Second, you should know and understand what insurance coverage is available to you to cover the potential damages following an attack. Next, Peoria residents should know the laws of strict liability and how it can be asserted after a dog bite. Finally, animal attack cases generally follow the same process as other personal injury matters.

In each article I will make an important point by stressing that you should contact an attorney as soon as possible if you or a family member have been attacked by an animal. The sooner that you retain qualified legal counsel then the sooner they may begin building a case to get you the compensation you may be entitled to. This may include visiting the scene of the accident, interviewing witnesses, reviewing medical records, meeting with experts and more. These are just a few examples of how hiring an attorney can help ensure that your legal rights remain protected while pursuing a personal injury claim.

​​Retaining an experienced personal injury attorney will give you the best chance of receiving the highest recovery for your injuries. Each aspect of cases involving dog bites can be complicated and require detailed knowledge of the law. I pride myself on providing you with quality representation and I look forward to speaking with you. Contact us today to speak with a Peoria dog bite lawyer. My office also serves the Illinois cities of Bloomington, Eureka, Galesburg, Morton, Normal, Pekin, Springfield, and Washington.