Chicago Dog & Animal Bite Injury Attorneys
Respected & Experienced Representation of the Injured for over 50 years.
Thousands of accident & injury cases handled.
At Kosin Law Office Ltd., we believe that you deserve compensation for the pain and suffering you’ve experienced. This is especially true when it comes to the kind of lasting and significant trauma caused by animal attacks. When it comes to bite victims, we know how to successfully represent our clients to ensure that their rights are fully protected.
What should I do if I’ve been attacked by a dog or an animal?
Life immediately following an animal attack can be stressful. The lawyers at Kosin Law Office Ltd. understand that you might not be in a position to immediately contact a lawyer to start examining your case. It’s important, however, that you make the call as quickly as possible. Beginning an investigation soon after the attack is important when it comes to protecting your rights and ensuring that you receive adequate compensation for your losses.
If you’ve been attacked by an animal, it’s a good idea to keep notes regarding the incident. Make sure you keep track of what happened, when it happened, and what medical treatments were necessary as a result. You should also keep a record of any interactions you have with the owner. Once you are able to contact a lawyer to discuss your case, do so as quickly as possible. An experienced attorney can help you understand your rights as the victim of an animal attack, and can start an investigation to determine who is at fault for the attack.
Liability and Pets
Many individuals might not know this, but there are strict laws in place that govern the behavior of pets and their owners. If you’re attacked by someone’s pet, either on private property or off, chances are good that the owner will be at fault for the attack. This is because the law dictates that the owners of an animal ensure that the animal does not cause harm to another individual or animal. This is especially true of dogs, and many states have enacted strict dog bite laws in order to hold the owners liable should their pet attack someone.
Note that this holds true whether you’re attacked in the owner’s home or out in public. Even at home, the owner has a responsibility to ensure that their guests or anyone on the property providing a service are safe from injury. This includes individuals like mailmen. The owner is not exempt from liability simply because their pet is at its own home – they must still do their best to keep the animal either separated or well-behaved when individuals are on their property.
But what if you weren’t attacked by a pet, per se?
Wild Animal Attacks and Liability
Wild animal attacks present a challenge. In general, home or property owners are not liable for wild animal attacks unless they are negligent in their upkeep of the property. If they have failed to keep wild animals off of their property, especially if they are aware of the threat, by neglecting to maintain a fence or something of this nature, they might still be held accountable for the attack.
There are four things you must be able to prove in the case of a wild animal attack. The property owner must:
1.Have had the duty of care.
2.Have failed in that duty.
3.Have contributed to the cause of the attack (by failing to maintain the property, for example).
In addition, the victim:
4.Must have tangible damages that are directly related to the attack.
Contact a lawyer to find out if you can prove all four of the above conditions. If so, then the property or homeowner might still be held responsible for the animal attack you suffered even if the animal in question wasn’t a pet.
When you’re attacked by an animal, it can be difficult to figure out exactly who is at fault. This is especially true if the details surrounding the bite are a bit hazy or complicated. In order to ensure that you have the best chance at compensation possible, it’s important to move quickly and involve a lawyer as soon as possible. As mentioned above, an experienced lawyer will understand how to interpret animal attack and bite laws and use them to secure your recovery.
The attorneys at Kosin Law Office Ltd. want to help you resolve your animal attack case as quickly as possible. We can help you find closure, collect damages, and move on with your life. Contact us today and speak with an experienced attorney who is familiar with cases like yours and understands how to best represent you and your interests.
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