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Will County Dog Bite Injury Lawyer

Shorewood dog bite and animal attack lawyer

Attorney for Injuries Suffered in Animal Attacks in Joliet, Naperville, and Plainfield

Dogs can be very lovable, and they provide companionship to many people and families. However, they can also cause great bodily injuries. Even dogs that have never shown any aggressive tendencies may unexpectedly bite or attack someone. These incidents can result in serious injuries, permanent scarring, and long-lasting emotional trauma. Those who have suffered dog bite injuries will need to work with a personal injury attorney to determine how they can hold a dog's owner responsible for the harm done to them and their family.

With over 10 years of experience handling a wide variety of injury cases, Attorney Michael J. Lichner has the knowledge and skill to help dog bite victims pursue compensation for their injuries and damages. He has helped injured people recover millions of dollars through jury verdicts and settlements, and he is prepared to advocate on your behalf to ensure that you are fully compensated for all of the ways you and your family have been affected by a dog bite injury.

Liability for Dog Bite Injuries

Dogs can inflict multiple types of serious injuries when they bite or attack someone. These may include:

  • Cuts, lacerations, and puncture wounds - A dog's teeth and claws may break the skin and damage a person's muscles, ligaments, or other underlying tissue. If major veins or arteries are severed, such as in a bite wound to the neck, a person may experience life-threatening blood loss.
  • Serious, sometimes fatal infections - A dog’s teeth and mouth often harbor large amounts of bacteria, which can be passed into the injured person’s blood stream when the dog bite breaks the skin. If left untreated, the infections can spread and cause systemic organ shutdown and even death.
  • Nerve damage - When nerves are severed or otherwise damaged by a dog bite, an injured person may suffer paralysis or loss of function in the area of the body that was affected.
  • Scarring and disfigurement - Bite injuries to the face, neck, chest, arms, or other parts of the body may leave behind permanent scars that affect a person's quality of life. In some cases, injuries may be so severe that parts of the body such as fingers or hands will need to be amputated.
  • Fall injuries - A dog may knock a person to the ground, causing them to suffer bodily harm such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, or dislocated joints.
  • Broken bones - The force of a dog bite may fracture or crush the bones in a person's arms, hands, legs, or other parts of the body. A person may also suffer broken bones due to fall injuries.

Under Illinois law, a dog's owner is liable for any injuries inflicted by their dog, as long as the dog was not provoked and the injured person was legally allowed to be on the property where the dog bite or attack occurred. This means that even if a dog had never previously bitten or attacked someone or exhibited any aggressive behavior, the dog's owner may be held responsible for the injuries suffered by dog bite victims. Injured people can pursue compensation for the medical expenses resulting from their injury, including emergency treatment, corrective surgery, and ongoing physical therapy. A person can also seek to recover any income they lost due to their injury, as well as compensation for the physical pain and suffering and emotional trauma they have experienced.

Contact Our Bolingbrook Animal Attack Injury Attorney

If you or a member of your family have suffered a dog bite injury, Michael J. Lichner - Will County Personal Injury Lawyer - can help you take legal action to hold the dog's owner liable. We will fight to make sure you receive the financial compensation you need and deserve. Contact our office today and schedule a free consultation by calling 815-730-1977. We prosecute dog bite injury cases in the areas in and around Will County, including but not limited to Naperville, Frankfort, Joliet, Lockport, Homer Glen, Mokena, Plainfield, Romeoville, Bolingbrook, New Lenox, and Shorewood. We also proudly serve clients in DuPage County, Cook County, and other counties throughout Northern Illinois.

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