Dog Bites/Animal Attacks
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Chicago Dog Bite & Animal Attack Attorneys
Helping Victims of Animal Attacks Receive Compensation for their Injuries
At the law firm of Trapp & Geller, our Chicago dog bite and animal attack attorneys hold dog owners and their insurance companies accountable when their pets injure you or your children. We handle all types of animal attack cases, including injuries caused by cats and other animals kept as pets. The law provides that if you are injured by an animal attack, you are entitled to money for your medical bills, lost wages and/or inability to work, pain and suffering, and any disfigurement you suffered in the attack.
The steps you take immediately after a dog bite attack can make a big difference in the outcome of your personal injury case. It is important to get proper medical attention and to have a lawyer guide you through the process to ensure that you receive maximum compensation for your injuries.
Who Pays for Dog Bite Injuries?
In Illinois, dog owners are liable for injuries caused by their pets. Damages are typically covered by homeowners insurance or renters insurance.
You may feel hesitant to file a personal injury claim if you were bitten by the dog of a friend or neighbor. It’s important to remember that you will be seeking compensation from the dog owner’s insurance company and not from them personally. Dog bites happen and the effects can be long lasting, so you should immediately contact an attorney, who will deal directly with the insurance company.
What If My Child Was Bitten?
Sadly, children are the most common victims of dog attacks in Illinois and throughout the country. If your child was bitten or injured in an attack, it is important to contact an attorney who understands the long-term effects of a dog bite. Dog bites often leave scars, which can be especially traumatic for a child. Doctors typically will not perform cosmetic surgery to minimize scarring until your child has grown. Your child may also need counseling to overcome fears resulting from the attack.
Our attorneys will work hard to ensure that money is there to pay for your child’s future needs. We have significant experience with many excellent physicians in the community and can guide you on the types of treatment that are available.
Other Animal Attacks & Injuries
Were you injured in a fall caused by an animal? Biting is not the only way a dog can injure a person; many people suffer injuries after being knocked down by a large dog or tripping over a small dog. Seniors are especially vulnerable to this type of injury. We can handle all sorts of injury claims, so please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your unique situation and how we can help.
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Dog bites can leave lasting scars and disfigurement. Dog bites can also lead to infection and costly medical treatment. Children who are a victim of a dog bite or a dog attack may need plastic surgery to properly fix a facial scar or other disfigurements. The effects can last long after the attack itself. Working with an attorney is your best chance to secure fair compensation because we understand the laws, legal loopholes, insurance company tactics, and other procedures involved in such claims. We can help you navigate the complicated legal system so that you can focus more of your energy on healing and recovery.
What to Do If You Are Bitten By a Dog
The most important thing you can do after a bite injury is to obtain immediate medical treatment, even if you do not think you are seriously injured. The teeth of animals like dogs and cats can penetrate deep into tissue and cause serious infections or rabies. Prompt medical attention can reduce the risk of infection and help to minimize scarring and disfigurement from an attack.
Another reason to obtain medical care promptly is to document your injury. If you try to tough out an injury or treat it yourself, the insurance company will not believe that you are really injured. As a result, it may not pay you anything.
Immediately after an animal attack, do the following:
- It is important to take photographs of the injury to properly document and demonstrate the initial wounds and the disfigurement. You should take photos of the bite marks as the wound heals to maximize your recovery.
- It is important to call animal control or the police and file a report of what happened. Animal owners sometimes deny that the attack occurred, so you should file a report immediately.
- After receiving medical attention, you should contact an attorney immediately to discuss your legal options and make certain that your interests are properly protected. Our law firm has the experience and resources to maximize your personal injury claim.
Remember, above all else seek medical care. Follow through on your doctor’s treatment plan. If you are prescribed antibiotics, don’t stop taking them until you finish the entire course of medication. Otherwise, you may suffer serious infections and other consequences that will make it appear to the insurance companies that you haven’t been hurt and therefore do not need to be compensated.
Why Choose Trapp & Geller?
We Win. We Guide. We Produce.
More than 25 Years of Experience
Trapp & Geller has a passion for protecting the rights of the injured. We have the skill, experience, and knowledge to provide you with the highest legal advocacy. We will not rest until you get the compensation you deserve.
Customized Legal Strategies
Each of our attorneys is in it to win your case as much of you are and take pride in getting the best possible result. With that, your dedicated attorney is always available and will even text you regarding your goals and case.
Responsive & Informative
Our attorneys work with you one-on-one and make sure that, at every step of the process, you are fully aware of your case. We are fighting for your rights and always make sure that we are doing what is best for you.
Over $400 Million Recovered
The attorneys at Trapp & Geller have the experience and knowledge to not only win, but to win BIG. When you entrust our team with your case, you can rest assured that we will fight for the maximum amount of compensation.