Dog Bites


If you were bitten by an unrestrained, unsupervised or aggressive dog, you are entitled to compensation.  Dog attacks often necessitate medical treatment to prevent infection and to close open wounds with stitches.  In some cases, corrective plastic surgery is required to reduce scarring.  Despite extensive medical treatment, the victim of a dog attack may be left with permanent physical scars and disfigurement, not to mention emotional damages.   

The Illinois Animal Control Act holds all dog owners responsible for the injuries that their dogs cause. This is true whether a dog has a history of violent behavior or whether it is the first dog attack. Dog owners must promptly transport their dogs to a veterinarian when their dogs attack others.  A dog owner is required to transport a dog involved in an attack to a veterinarian in order for the dog to be observed and treated for a minimum of 10 days.  When a dog bites a human being or causes an injury, the dog must be monitored for rabies and medical professionals will often administer rabies vaccinations to dog bite victims.

It is not just the owner of the dog that is liable for injuries caused by a dog. In Illinois, various individuals in addition to the owners have been found legally responsible for a dog bite attack.  In some cases, landlords, veterinarians, and other third party individuals all find themselves responsible for a vicious dog attack that occurs during their care of the dog.

At The Law Offices of Heather A. Widell, we represent clients accused of the following sex charges:

  • Emotional distress
  • Scarring
  • Loss of limb function
  • Medical expenses
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Lost income
  • Loss of consortium

If you have been bitten or attacked by a dog, let the Law Offices of Heather A. Widell use our experience and expertise to successfully use homeowner's insurance, renter's insurance, automobile insurance and/or dog liability insurance to recover a settlement on your behalf. 

Contact us at (773) 955-0400 today for a free consultation.  We only get paid when we obtain a recovery on your behalf.