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Injuries and accidents can be the perfect example of misfortune in life. Nobody in the world is ready for an accident or injury to occur.  A perfect example of this type of misfortune is a dog bite. Every year a large number of people become the victim of dog bite.  If you have been the victim of a dog bite injury you need to get assistance from a dog bite Injury Lawyer Chicago IL.

Those who take on the responsibilities of pet ownership know the intrinsic rewards. Dogs in particular have a reputation for strengthening the bonds of families as “man’s best friend.” However dog owners need to be conscientious of others when caring for and training their dogs to protect the public.

Unfortunately, dog attacks on innocent victims are common. Dogs are protective by nature and can cause serious injuries if let loose or untrained. A harmful attack could warrant legal action and compensation. Illinois law holds the dog owner, handler, or keeper liable for any injuries from an unprovoked attack. The owner, handler or keeper is liable for an unprovoked attack even if the dog has never attacked anyone before.

Negligence, landlord liability, emotional distress, and personal injury are all factors to investigate in a dog bite case. Sufficient information must be collected that establishes liability to the dog owner and demonstrates the damages associated with the attack. Mario Palermo can help.

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What to look for when hiring a good

Chicago Dog Bite Lawyer

If you want to get the best legal representation for your dog bite injury, keep these things in mind while searching for a lawyer to help you:

  • Experience: Does the law firm have a strong reputation for trying personal injury cases before juries? Have they handled dog bite injury cases before?
  • Skill Level:  Is the law firm well-versed in the process of how to deal with healthcare companies; and also know how to effectively prepare and settle a case?
  • Location:  Where is the law firm located?  Does the law firm cover the Chicagoland area?
  • Fee structure:  How does the law firm charge?  Do they work on a contingency basis at no cost to you unless you win your case?
  • Commitment:  How committed will the law firm be to pursuing justice and the maximum compensation

When you have been injured from a dog bite, you need to know your legal options. It is important that you seek out advice from an experienced and knowledgeable accident attorney with a proven track record in personal injury law. Palermo Law Group can help you – we will help you get the justice and compensation that you deserve for your dog bite injury.

For the past 21 years, Mario Palermo has dedicated his legal career to recovering full and fair compensation for injury victims and their families.

What to do After A Dog Bite


Seek Medical Attention

The first priority is to get treatment for the bite. Dog bites can have serious side effects, even if the initial injury doesn’t seem severe, so always seek professional medical attention. Call an ambulance or have someone drive you to the emergency room.

Waiting to get treatment in hopes of the symptoms magically subsiding can  delay your recovery. Ironically, this can lead you to missing more work and prolong your treatment, requiring additional medical care. Many people avoid getting treatment because they don’t want to miss work, incur medical bills, or because they don’t have time. Waiting to get treatment in the beginning can lead to additional lost time and medical bills at the end, even if the injury doesn’t seem severe.

It’s important to seek medial attention no matter what, but especially in these cases:

  • The wound won’t stop bleeding
  • The wound is inflamed and/or red
  • You are running a fever or feel weak
  • You are unsure of your tetanus shot history
  • You were bit by an unknown dog, or a dog that appeared sick.

Rabies is always fatal if left untreated. If you think you may have been bitten by a rabies infected dog, do not hesitate to seek medical care. If you can, ask the owner if if the dog has been vaccinated against rabies.

File A Report

Legally document the incident by filing a report with the appropriate authorities. This typically will be your city or county police department. Making sure your incident is in police records can even help future dog bite victims of the same dog.

Gather Evidence

Gather evidence at the scene if you can do so safely. If you or someone you trust are able to get the contact information of the dog owner before leaving the scene, do so. This will help you later in the legal process to get the compensation you deserve.

After you receive medical care, photograph all of your injuries. Make sure to document the medical process in some way if you want to pursue financial compensation for medical bills. Keep a journal of your healing process and gather all medical documents.

Side Effects of Dog Bites

Dog bites may cause other ailments, especially if left untreated, like:

  • Infection (dogs can hold a lot of bacteria in their mouth)
  • Rabies
  • Tetanus
  • Nerve damage/muscle damage
  • Broken bones
  • Scarring
  • In some cases, death

Damages in an Illinois Dog Bite Case

  • Negligence
  • Landlord liability
  • Emotional distress

Treatments for Dog Bite Complications

Rabies – since rabies is so life threatening, it’s important that you seek medical treatment right away if there’s a chance you may have contracted it. Rabies drugs are notoriously expensive and can sometimes cost thousands of dollars. That’s why it’s important to contact a dog bite attorney and get compensation for medical bills.

Infections – bacteria infections can also be fatal if left untreated. Typically, the treatment for an infection is an antibiotic that you’ll take for 1-2 weeks.

Tetanus – tetanus infection can be life threatening, so it’s important to get medical care if you don’t remember when your last tetanus vaccine was. Tetanus vaccines are common in the U.S., so infection is rare, but adults need a booster every 10 years.

Nerve Damage – dog bites can cause nerve damage, which can sometimes be permanent. Nerve damage can’t always be fully healed, and oftentimes the treatment involves medication and long-term physical therapy.

Consult with an Attorney

It is important to discuss your case with an attorney experienced in handling dog bite cases as early as possible, even if you are not sure that you want to hire an attorney. Most personal injury lawyers are happy to provide a free legal consultation.

Your lawyer should know what the value of your case is and guide you through every step of the process. This is similar to hiring a real estate agent to buy or sell a home. Do not miss out on the compensation for medical bills and personal injury you may be paying for.

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 Illinois Dog Bite Laws


Illinois has a specific law regarding dog bites that makes dog owners liable for any injury the dog causes for others. It’s called the Animal Control Act, and says that dog bite victims are eligible for compensation if the owner is found to be negligent. For example, if an owner lets a dog off leash in a public park and the dog bites someone, that is considered negligent behavior.

Illinois a strict liability state, where owners are liable for injuries the dogs caused, even if the dog had never demonstrated aggression in the past. If  the dog injures someone unprovoked, the owner is liable. Landlord liability and emotional distress cases are also possible in Illinois.

Especially if the victim suffered long term or permanent damage, like scarring, a disability, rehabilitation expenses, or lost wages, victims are protected by this Illinois law and have the right to financial compensation.

Dog bite victims are entitled to recover maximum compensation for the economic and non-economic losses they incurred due to others negligence.

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The legal process may seem overwhelming at first, but this is where you will find the value in hiring Palermo Law Group on a contingency basis – meaning we do not get paid unless you win. Our expert team handles all the necessary paperwork, phone calls, and negotiations with the insurance adjuster’s, defense attorneys, and others so you can focus on your recovery.

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If you have been injured by a dog bite as a result of someone else’s negligence, it is essential for you to know your legal options.  Call our office today at 630-684-2332 or complete the form to set up your free, no obligation, legal consultation.

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