It’s an unfortunate fact that “man’s best friend” can become a fearsome attacker. Especially in fiercer breeds of dogs, a dog’s predatory instinct can come out in scary ways when an owner mistreats or neglects it. Those dogs, when unleashed or not properly contained, can attack and cause serious physical and mental damage to humans, especially small children. The attorneys at Williamson, Webster, Falb & Glisson understand your pain and are available to help you recover damages from dog bites.
What can I expect to recover from a dog bite lawsuit?
The amount of money one can recover in damages varies depending on a number of factors. Much of the time, it is not possible to determine the exact amount at the beginning of a lawsuit because clients are still seeking treatment from dog bite injuries. Permanent injuries can result in greater recoveries, as can proof of lost wages. When a child falls victim to a malicious dog, the traumatic incident can scar that child — physically and psychologically — for life. In addition to emergency medical care, dog bites can require reconstructive plastic surgery, especially if the victim’s face is the affected area.
Please contact us for a free consultation so that we can determine how best to handle your situation. We can offer you our individualized attention to get to the bottom of your case, and we guarantee that you will not be charged any legal fees unless we make a recovery on your behalf.
Are there any circumstances unique to dog bite cases?
Dog bite lawsuits can be difficult and complicated. Depending on your jurisdiction and the breed of dog, many judges allow for owners of dogs to get away with one bite before being prosecuted. In other cases, however, lawsuits against repeat offenders can net greater recoveries for victims. For example, if you filed a lawsuit against a dog owner in the past and won in court or received a settlement, the same dog owner may be faced with a steeper fine if he or she fails yet again to keep the dog under control. The recoveries may be paid by the dog owner or homeowner’s insurance.
What it boils down to is that attorneys must prove negligence on the part of dog owners. Again, it is crucial that you contact us with the details of your specific situation so we can provide you with the proper legal advice.
How can the Illinois Animal Protection Act help?
In addition to filing a negligence claim, an injured party can look to the APA to remedy the situation. While owners and harborers of dogs are liable for their dogs’ actions, the same applies to other animals as well. By law, animal owners are required to properly care for and watch over their animals so they are not at risk of harm or in a situation that could put others at risk.
In fact, WWF&G attorney Michael Glisson currently has a personal injury case involving a collision between a car and a cow and has settled an accident suit for an accident where a car collided with a horse.
Speak with an attorney first.
As with any personal injury case, a statute of limitations exists, so you would be well advised to seek legal help as soon as possible. Make sure to do this before signing paperwork or giving official statements to insurance representatives. They may sound friendly over the phone or look caring in a meeting, but your own words could be used against you at a later date. It’s wisest to leave negotiations to the professionals who have dealt with similar cases in the past.
WWF&G gets results.
The proof of our effective handling of dog bite cases can be seen on the law firm’s results page. With the help of our firm, a child from Madison County, Illinois who was disfigured in a dog attack received a $200,000 settlement. That victory is a testament to our tireless commitment to obtaining justice for our clients who have already suffered enough.
Attorney Michael P. Glisson also has a case pending in which a woman’s ear was torn in half, as well as another case wherein the plaintiff was attacked by three dogs and now needs back surgery.