It is estimated that almost 70 percent of households in America have at least one pet. Many of those pets are dogs. And while man’s best friend is known for their companionship and friendly nature, they can bite or attack for a number of reasons, such as if they are startled or protecting their puppies or their human family. Under Illinois law, a dog owner is legally liable for a dog bite if the owner’s negligence or violation of an animal control law caused the bite to happen. If you have suffered a dog bite or attack, contact a dog bite lawyer Wheaton, IL families recommend for legal assistance.
It is estimated that around 4.4 million people are bitten by a dog each year, resulting in 885,000 wounds that require medical attention. Dog bites can range from mild to fatal. Some of the more common injuries from dog bites are:
- Bruises and abrasions
- Cuts and lacerations
- Dislocations and fractures
There is also a very high risk of deadly infections caused by dog bites. With over 60 types of bacteria that could be in a dog’s mouth at the time of the attack, it is no wonder that about 20 percent of all dog bite victims develop some kind of infection. A Wheaton, IL dog bite lawyer knows that some of the more common infections include:
- Tetanus: This bacteria causes rigid paralysis.
- Rabies: Affects the victim’s brain and is almost always fatal once it appears.
- Pasteurella: Develops in more than half of dog bite victims. Symptoms include pain and redness in the bite area, swelling of joints, swollen glands, and difficulty moving.
- MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus): A staff infection that can spread to the lungs, skin, and urinary tract. Resistant to certain antibiotics and can be fatal once it enters lungs or blood.
In addition to the physical injuries a dog bite victim suffers, there are often very profound emotional injuries a victim deals with. In fact, even a dog bite that leaves a minor physical injury can have a significant emotional impact on the victim’s life. Many victims are left with deep psychological scars, dealing with anxiety, panic attacks, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). They may even stop going out in fear they will be attacked again.
Dog Bite Lawsuits
Victims of dog bites are entitled to financial compensation for the losses the injuries have caused them. They can be awarded both past and future medical expenses for any treatments they have had and/or will need in the future, as well as compensation for lost wages. Victims can also pursue damages for the emotional trauma they have been left with, as well.
Illinois Dog Bite Law Firm
If you have suffered a dog bite or attack, contact Therman Law Offices, LTD to find out what legal recourse you may have against the dog’s owner. Call our office today to schedule a free consultation with a dog bite lawyer in Wheaton, IL.