When you’ve been injured in a dog attack, you should be able to recover compensation for your losses from the at-fault party. Obviously, you can’t sue the dog, but you should be given the opportunity to file a claim against the person responsible for the dog.
Prior to filing your claim, you need to be aware of the dog bite laws in Illinois. Continue reading to learn more about how these laws will affect your case.
The Statute of Limitations
If you are considering filing a personal injury claim against the dog’s owner, you should be aware that you’ll only have two years from the date the attack happened to do so.
Although this may seem like plenty of time to file, gathering supporting evidence, including witness statements and video surveillance, can be time-consuming.
Failure to file your claim within the two-year statute of limitations will result in you being barred from pursuing compensation for your losses from the liable party, which is why it is important that we act quickly to get your claim filed.
Strict Liability in Illinois
Illinois follows a strict liability law in regard to dog attacks. This means that regardless of whether the dog had a known tendency for aggressive behavior, the dog owner will be held accountable for the actions of his or her pet.
The only situation where you would not be able to seek compensation from the dog’s owner would be if you were trespassing on the owner’s property or provoking the dog to act aggressively by taunting, teasing, threatening, or abusing the animal.
Call a Chicago Dog Bite Lawyer
If you have suffered a serious dog bite injury and are interested in filing a claim against the dog’s owner, reach out to a qualified Chicago dog bite lawyer at Lane & Lane, LLC as soon as possible. You can schedule your free claim assessment by calling our office at 312-332-1400 or by filling out the quick contact form at the bottom of this page.