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Dog Bites and Animal Attacks

Warmer weather means more people are flocking to dog parks and dog beaches with their four-legged friends, as well as venturing out on long walks with their dogs.  Warmer weather also means that more dogs and other pets are left unattended in their yards, either fenced or unfenced.

The Illinois Animal Control Act states that if an unprovoked dog or other animal attacks (or attempts to attack) and injures a person, the owner of the animal may be liable for damages and injuries caused by the attack.  The law provides rights to injured victims even if the animal does not actually bite the victim, but merely tries to attack the victim.  Victims of dog bites and other animal attacks can recover for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and property damage.

According to Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, and one in five dog bites results in injuries that require medical attention.  When bitten, children are more likely to require medical attention than adults.

5 Tips to Prevent Dog Bites

The Chicago personal injury law firm of Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish is committed to protecting the rights of victims of personal injury accidents, including dog bites and other animal attacks.  In order to prevent dog bites, the following safety tips should be remembered:

  • Do not approach an unfamiliar dog and remain motionless if approached by an unfamiliar dog.  Do not run from a dog or scream.

  • If knocked over by a dog, roll into a ball and lie motionless.

  • Do not pet a dog without asking its owner for permission and allowing the animal to see and sniff you first.  Children should not play with a dog unless supervised by an adult.

  • Avoid direct eye contact with a dog.

  • Do not disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies.

Steinberg Goodman & Kalish  ( is dedicated to protecting victims and their families.  We handle medical malpractice, product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, auto accidents, professional negligence, birth trauma, and railroad law matters. Contact us at (800) 784-0150 or (312) 782-1386.

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