In both Illinois and Iowa, if you have been bitten by a dog or other dangerous animal you will often times have a right to bring a claim or lawsuit against the owner of the animal.
Specifically with regards to dog bites, as long you can establish that you did not do anything to induce the dog into biting you and that you were at a place where you had the legal right to be, meaning you weren’t trespassing and the dog bites you on purpose or accidentally, you can often times bring a claim against the owner of that dog.
The compensation that you are seeking are medical expenses, loss wages, past and future pain and suffering, past and future loss of life and typically you will try and seek recovery against the homeowners insurance coverage. If you have suffered an injury or have been bitten by a dog, it is important that you let the local, state or government agency responsible for that animal do a thorough investigation so that there can be a determination as whether or not this particular animal or dog has a history of dog bites. This will often times lead to a decision as to whether or not the dog should be removed from the environment and often times it will lead to the dog having to be terminated if there are too many situations. Dog bites can cause significant injury especially to minor children, where often times the dog will seek to injure the child in their face or highly visible parts of their body, which can result in significant injury and long term problems.
If you have sustained a dog bite injury claim and you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the office of Crowley & Prill for a free consultation on this matter.