Each year 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs, according to the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). An estimated one in five dog bites requires medical attention and children are more likely to require medical attention than adults.
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.
Most Dangerous Breeds
People often wonder which dog breeds are most dangerous and are the cause of the most animal attacks. It is important to remember that any dog – even those that seem the most gentle – can attack if provoked. The following is a list of some of the most common breeds that cause dog attacks:
- Pit Bulls
- German Shepherds
- Alaskan Malamutes
- Doberman Pinschers
- Chow Chows
- Presa Canario
5 Tips to Prevent Dog Bites
The Chicago personal injury law firm of Ankin Law Offices, LLC 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. 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. Allow the animal to see you and sniff you first.
- Do not allow children to 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.
The laws and legal theories involved with dog bites and other animal attacks are complex. The Chicago personal injury attorneys at Ankin Law Offices, LLC are familiar with all of the applicable legal theories that may be involved, including personal injury/negligence issues and premises liability issues. If you or someone you love has been the victim of a dog bite (or attempted dog bite), contact the skilled Chicago dog bite attorneys at Ankin Law Offices at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation to discuss a possible personal injury lawsuit.