4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year, and that one in five of those bites requires medical attention.
Over the weekend, in a South Shore neighborhood, Chicago police had to shoot a pit bull dog after it attacked and injured someone, the Chicago Tribune reports. On Saturday morning, residents of the quiet neighborhood called police to report that a pit bull was running around loose in the neighborhood. The offending dog bit someone, but it is unclear whether the bite occurred before police were called to the scene or after police arrived. The dog allegedly charged at the officer, causing the officer to shoot the dog.
Dog Bite Statistics
Dog bites are fairly common occurrences. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year, and that one in five of those bites requires medical attention. The CDC cites that children sustain half of those dog bite injuries that require medical treatment. Children, particularly children between the ages of 5 and 9, present a higher risk of suffering from a dog bite injury that requires medical attention, because they are small and weak compared to a dog. Males are also more likely to suffer from dog bites than females, one of the reasons being that men will often “play wrestle” with their dogs.
Illinois Applies Strict Liability for Dog Bites
An animal bite is a personal injury, for which a bite victim is entitled to damages. Illinois has a strict liability policy for dog bites, so long as the bite victim can demonstrate the elements for that liability. This means that the owner, custodian or keeper of the offending dog is liable to the bite victim, so long as the victim can show that 1) he or she was attacked by the dog, 2) he or she did not provoke the dog in any way to cause the attack, and 3) that the victim was somewhere he or she was lawfully allowed to be, i.e., he or she was not trespassing when the dog bite occurred.
What To Do If You Are Bitten By A Dog
Remove Yourself from the Situation and Report to Police. You want to remove yourself from a dangerous situation, so get away from the dog that bit you as soon as you can. It is important to keep calm as you deal with the immediate aftermath of a dog bite. While you may be emotional, you need to report the dog bite to the police. The police will prepare a police report for the incident, which you can later use in your dog bite case against the dog’s owner.
Seek Medical Attention. A dog bite, no matter how small, needs medical attention. Get the bite checked out as soon as possible after the bite occurs.
Contact an Attorney Who Has Experience Dealing with Dog Bite Cases. It is likely that you will need an attorney to represent you in your dog bite case. Many dog bites are covered by the dog owner’s homeowners insurance, so a claims adjuster may approach you about the dog bite incident. Do not talk to them. Instead seek out an experienced attorney to deal with them for you.
Contacting A Chicago Dog Bite Attorney
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite and are in need of legal counsel, you should contact an experienced dog bite attorney to help you establish and protect your rights. Contact Willens Law Offices today for a free consultation either online or by telephone at (312) 957-4166.
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