Dogs bite and animals attack for any number of reasons. They might be stressed, scared or even just trying to be playful. Illinois has addressed animal attacks at 510 ILCS 5/2.16. In pertinent part, it states as follows: “If a dog or other animal, without provocation, attacks, attempts to attack or injures any person who is peacefully conducting himself or herself, in any place where he or she may lawfully be, the owner of such dog or animal is liable in civil damages to such person for the full amount of the injury proximately caused thereby.”
510 ILCS 5/2.16 is a strict liability statute that not only applies to dog owners. It applies to keepers of dogs and other animals, too.
Types of Animal Attack Injuries
Animals can do serious harm or even kill when they attack. Here are some of the more common types of injuries:
* Puncture wounds and ripped skin
* Cuts, lacerations, torn muscles and tendons
* Severe infection
* Scarring requiring plastic surgery
The general rule is that dog bites are covered by commercial, homeowners and renter’s insurance. Some insurance companies are trying to limit their exposure in cases involving dogs and other animal attacks in Joliet. They exclude dogs like pit bulls and some other breeds from coverage. That’s why you’ll want an experienced and effective personal injury attorney working on your behalf to obtain maximum compensation for you on any animal attack in Joliet.
All of these injuries are difficult and costly to treat. We’re prepared to work with you throughout the process of pursuing compensation for your injuries. If you or a family member suffered injuries in an animal attack, seek immediate medical attention. After that, contact the animal attack lawyers at Block Klukas Manzella & Shell, P.C to arrange for a free consultation and case review. Our objective is to maximize any compensation that you might receive for your injuries.