Dog bites can leave lasting scars and disfigurement. Dog bites can also lead to infection and costly medical treatment. Children who are the victim of a dog bite or a dog attack may need plastic surgery to properly fix a facial scar or other disfigurement. At the law firm of Trapp & Geller in Chicago, our 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 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. To discuss your case with one of our lawyers, call us today at 312-818-2591. We do not charge a fee unless we win your case and you get money.
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 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. 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.
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.
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.
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 him or her 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.
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
For More Information About Animal Attacks In Chicago
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