Dogs can cause serious injuries to victims. In 2010, there were 34 fatal dog bites in the US. The most likely place to be bitten by a dog is in the face, and of those who receive medical attention from dog bites, the majority are young children.
There are two methods that the various states use to handle liability in dog bite claims. Some states utilize the one-bite rule, in which owners are generally not liable in the absence of negligence if they were unaware that their dog had a propensity to bite. In contrast, many states utilize a strict liability approach, in which the owner is held liable regardless of whether the owner was negligent, or whether they knew that their dog had the propensity for biting. Illinois uses this strict liability standard.
If you have been involved in a dog bite case, or if you would like more information on dog bite claims, call the personal injury attorneys of Malman Law at (312) 983-6193. We can provide you with the answers you need to make the right decision about your case.