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Dog parks, pet beaches, busy local neighborhoods, and back yards are full of unattended and unmanaged animals that can and do sometimes attack. Animal attacks can happen anywhere and involve a variety of animals including dogs, ferrets, cats and birds. If you or a member of your family has been injured from an unprovoked attack or attempted attack by another person’s pet, you may have cause for legal action.
The attorneys at Friend, Levinson and Turner are experts in every detail of the Illinois Animal Control Act. We understand the responsibilities of pet owners.We understand the damage and ramifications if someone is bitten or injured by a dangerous pet.And, we also understand how frightening an attack, a biting, an assault, or being chased by a vicious animal can be – especially for a child.
If you or a member of your family is the victim of an animal attack, it is important to seek immediate medical attention and obtain immediate legal counsel.A statute of limitations exists for animal attacks – for you to recover compensation, certain procedures and immediate action is necessary.
An injury caused by an animal attack is a serious matter and shouldn’t be taken lightly. The attorneys at Friend, Levinson & Turner will investigate the circumstances of the attack and hold the negligent and irresponsible parties responsible. Protect yourself. Get the help you need from FLT Law. Contact us today about your injury.
The key to our success is the time we take to get to know our clients as individuals. We establish a personal relationship to understand every detail of their case and the impact it has had on their family.
Mr. William Turner is the recipient of the prestigious 2015 Martindale-Hubbard® Award – recognition achieved by less than 1% of practicing attorneys – for his exceptional service to clients.
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Animal Bites Lawsuit Frequently Asked Questions
A dog bit me. Who do I tell?
Contact your local animal control agency or the police.
Which jurisdiction covers dog bites—state or local?
Both. In addition to Illinois laws, your local communities might also have animal laws covering bites, leashing, and vaccinations. You should always contact your local police as soon as possible.
What do leash laws cover?
Most communities require dogs to be leashed unless they are confined to a house or fenced yard, even on the owner’s property. Failing to adhere to the leash laws combined with dog biting may increase potential penalties.
Can posting a “Beware of Dog” sign help get me out of trouble if my dog bites someone?
While the sign may help to alert others to any potential hazard, specific facts surrounding the dog bite determine any liability. An owner must always take steps to keep the public safe from dangerous animals.