Dog bites or dog attacks are no laughing matter. If you have been injured by a dog bite or dog attack reach out to a specialized dog bite lawyer here in Chicago at Shuman Legal. We are here to ensure you get the specialized protection and care you need.
According to research from Dogsbite.org victims of severe dog attacks often suffer acute damage. This can lead to specialized medical expenses that are as high as $250,000 to $1,000,000 for the required treatment.
If a victim requires reconstructive surgery, like a skin graft, tissue expansion or scar diminishment, they are likely facing the need for multiple procedures that can take several years to complete.
Did you know that across the U.S. 39% of emergency department visits because of dog bites result in injuries that require specialized orthopedic treatment? 1 of every 13 of those visits requires immediate emergency care.
“In 2019, homeowner’s insurers across the U.S. paid out $797 million in liability claims related to dog bites and other dog-related injuries. The average cost per claim nationally has risen more than 134 percent from 2003 to 2019.1″
Nationwide, the rate of dog bite injuries is on the rise. The National Center for Biotechnology Information estimated that for each US dog bite fatality there are about 670 hospitalizations and 16000 ED visits.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, an ordinance passed in Chicago in 2001 which penalizes irresponsible owners of “dangerous dogs.”
The city of Chicago can fine dog owners $300 if a dog is allowed to run unsecured, and $10,000, with the possibility of jail time, if that dog attacks someone.
Owners of a dog involved in an attack and subsequently deemed dangerous by Chicago Animal Care and Control have up to 10 days after the declaration to purchase no less than $100,000 in liability insurance. Also, the dog would be required to be neutered and have an identifying microchip implanted at the expense of the owner.
Lawyers that specialize in dog bites are a big help:
Dog attacks represent some of the most gruesome and upsetting personal injuries, particularly when suffered by helpless parties such as children or the elderly. Dog bite victims often receive lasting physical damages as well as emotional pain and fear.
Should a bite occur, it is important to get in touch with a lawyer as soon as possible. Our team can help a victim by gathering all the necessary information and interviewing witnesses. We will make sure there are pictures of the injuries and the scene of the attack and we can pursue a lawsuit for damages to cover the cost of necessary medical treatment.
Having a specialized dog bite lawyer available to guide you and your case through the system will give you peace of mind, and ensure that your needs medically and financially are being protected and fought for while you recover from such a traumatic event.
Your dog bite lawyer will also make sure that documentation of your injuries is sound and will enlist the help of medical experts to help your claim. They will help you to ensure that you identify the attacking dog and ascertain the name of the dog’s owner, collect the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of any witnesses to the incident and take photos of the scene of the attack and your injuries.
Our Chicago team can help with your dog bite or dog attack claims:
The team at Shuman Legal serves the Greater Chicago Area and beyond. We will send an investigator to the scene of the attack, and make sure your doctor properly saves all evidence of your injuries.
We will make sure that all your paperwork is exact in regard to your injuries and where necessary we will enlist the help of medical experts for your claim. This helps keep your direct involvement to a minimum while finding out everything that is necessary to build a case against the at-fault party.
Since 1996, the Law Offices of Shuman Legal have been helping dog bite victims, including all injured victims and their families, navigate the complex legal process. We can help you evaluate the facts, assess your options, navigate the legal challenges, and advocate on your behalf.
The Law Office of Shuman Legal has over 77 combined years of experience advocating for over 25,000 injury victims and their families. We advocate on your behalf so you can focus on the task of recovery.