Dog Bites & Animal Related Injuries

It can happen to anyone–one minute the dog is friendly and the next minute it bites you. Regardless of the type of dog or extent of the bite, dog bites are serious injuries. Besides the immediate pain and medical attention required, long lasting effects may occur. For instance, a dog bite to your arm or leg may cause serious muscle damage that affects your ability to walk and move. This, of course, means your ability to work may be affected, causing financial injury in addition to your physical and emotional injuries.

Jerome Foreman & Associates, P.C., is a Chicago Metro law firm representing injured plaintiffs in dog bite and animal-related injury cases. Since every case is unique and every personality different, it is important to hire an attorney who is both a specialist in the fields of personal injury overall and dog bites and animal-related injuries. It is also important to retain counsel whose approach to your case matches your personality and expectations. That’s why Jerome Foreman & Associates, P.C., operates on what we call a Client First basis. What this means is our number one priority is to get you the compensation for your injuries that you deserve. To do this we offer:

  • Contingency fees; if we don’t make a recovery on your behalf, we do not collect attorney fees
  • Free initial consultations
  • Bilingual Spanish-speaking support
  • Office visits are not required
  • Home and hospital visits available

 

Dog Bite and Animal-Related Injury Law at a Glance

In general, the owner of a dog or other animal may be held liable for any injuries caused when their dog bites a person without provocation and while the person is on public property or lawfully on private property.

How Do I Know if I was Lawfully on the Property?

The law considers you “lawfully on the private property” of the animal’s owner if you are there in order to perform any duty imposed on you by the laws of the state, postal regulations of the United States, or as an invitee or licensee of a person lawfully in possession of the property. People who come upon the property for the purpose of committing an unlawful act are not covered by this protection.

So I’ve Been Bitten by a Dog or Otherwise Injured by an Animal, Now What?

If you are bitten by a dog or injured in any manner by an animal, immediately report the incident. Typically you should call the police or the local animal control department. Regardless of whether or not you think your case falls under the above cited statute, you should seek medical attention and carefully document all of your injuries to the medical professionals.

Remember, petting an animal is not necessarily an act of provocation.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
It is also beneficial to take quality photographs of your injury. This is especially important immediately following the bite and throughout the healing process and residual scarring.

Protect Your Rights
It is best not to give any formal or informal statements regarding the dog bite or animal-related injury to the animal’s owner or insurance adjuster until you have had the time to consult with legal counsel. Legal counsel will guide you through the claims process so that your rights and legal claim are not compromised.

Jerome Foreman & Associates, P.C., have been successfully representing victims of dog bites and other animal-related injuries in the Chicago Metro Area for over 30 years. If you have questions about a potential dog bite or animal-related injury claim, please feel free to contact us at 312.475.9595 for a free consultation.