If you have been bitten by a dog in LaSalle, Illinois, you need to contact someone who can help represent you legally. You are already suffering pain from the dog bite and watching the medical bills add up. You may be losing time off of work, hence putting your household bills in jeopardy of not being paid. If you plan to seek compensation for your injuries, you need to act now, before any time limits pass you by,
When evaluating a potential dog bite lawsuit, the attorneys at Brassfield, Krueger & Ramlow, LTD take the following factors into consideration:
In the state of Illinois, the owner of the dog is liable if their dog bites or otherwise injures someone else. Most of the time, the owner of the dog is easy to identify, however there are times when a dog’s owner cannot be found or identified, which makes a dog bite case much more complicated. In the cases when a dog’s owner’s identity is unknown, an investigation may be necessary. The dog may be microchipped, which could potentially reveal the owner, but if the owner cannot be identified, it may be difficult, if not impossible, to hold someone responsible for the dog bite.
Generally, if someone is trespassing, they cannot legally go after an owner if a dog bites them. If you climbed a fence and disregarded the “Beware of the dog” sign before you were bit by the dog, it is very improbable that you will win a lawsuit against the owner of the dog. On the other side of the spectrum, if a mail lady delivering the mail to a house is walking to the mailbox and is bit by a dog, this would be a valid dog bite case.
Provoking a dog could, in reality, be asking to be bit by the dog. To be sure, poking a dog or pulling a dog’s tail can be construed as provoking the dog. If someone accidentally stepped on a dog’s tail, however, that is not provoking a dog, in the sense of the law.
A LaSalle dog bite lawyer from the law offices of Brassfield, Krueger & Ramlow, LTD. can help you determine whether or not you have a valid claim and if your case would be weak or strong in court. Contact our office today at 815-398-9700 if you have questions about your dog bite case and whether or not you were legally within your rights to take the owner to court and recover compensation for your injuries.
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