People in the Streamwood area love their dogs, but unfortunately, some dogs are aggressive and bite humans. This is a common issue in the US, with approximately 4.7 million people bitten by dogs annually. If a dog has injured you, you could have legal options, so speak to our dog bite lawyers in Streamwood today for a consultation.
In Illinois, dog owners are held strictly liable for injuries their dogs cause others. This means that you do not need to prove negligence by the dog owner to recover damages in a dog bite claim. This rule usually only applies when the injured person was not trespassing or provoking the animal.
On the other hand, suing someone successful in a car accident in Illinois requires you to prove another party was negligent. Illinois law also states that the dog owner is liable for damages caused when their dog chases, injures, or kills someone’s farm animals.
If someone’s dog in Illinois injures you, you have only two years from the date of injury to file a claim. The amount of time is different if the victim is under the age of 18 when they are bitten. Either way, acting quickly after the incident is essential to ensure your legal rights are protected.
Most dogs do not bite because they are mean. Instead, many dogs bite out of fear, not aggression. Dogs feeling unsure, threatened, or challenged could bite in self-defense. Also, dogs that have not been spayed or neutered could be aggressive related to the sex drive.
While you can often file a lawsuit if you are bitten by a dog in Illinois, it is best to avoid the situation. But how do you know that a dog may be aggressive and bite?
According to the ASPCA, ‘aggression’ in animals refers to many behaviors that happen for many reasons in many circumstances. Most wild animals are aggressive when they guard their territory or offspring. Animals that live in groups, such as dogs, may be aggressive to maintain peace and deal with situations they see as threatening.
When we say that a dog is aggressive, this can mean many things that often start with a warning and can turn into an attack. If a dog intends to act aggressively, there are usually several signs, including:
Dogs do not always go in the above sequence and could show several behaviors at once. In many cases, the dog owner does not recognize a warning sign before an attack happens, so they may view their dog as becoming suddenly aggressive. However, most dogs show signs just before they attack, so it is essential for both dog owners and the public to recognize the signs.
There are many kinds of dog aggression. The type of aggression depends on the motivation for the behavior, the context, and the target of the aggression. Some of the most common types of dog aggression are:
When you see a dog you do not know, some actions and behaviors could make them more likely to act aggressively. Make sure you do not do the following:
If you are in public and a dog acts aggressively towards you, do not panic. Instead, try the following tips:
If you are bitten, wash the wound with soap and water. When the bite is serious, such as deep or bleeding, call 911. After you are treated at the hospital, follow up with your regular doctor. Next, confirm if the dog has had its rabies vaccine and report the incident to the police. Then call SJ Injury Law at (847) 434-3555.
You also should talk to a personal injury attorney regarding your medical bills, lost earnings, and pain and suffering from the incident. The state of Illinois allows dog bite victims to sue the dog owner in some circumstances for their losses.
Some dog breeds are believed to be more aggressive than others, if we rely on biting and aggression statistics. There are many reasons this can be the case. First, many dog breeds originally served certain functions for people. For example, some breeds were bred for their protective and guarding instincts. Others may have been raised to fight or guard property. While many dogs in these breeds are not used for such purposes today, they still have the DNA of their ancestors. So, some breeds can be more aggressive than others.
However, making assumptions about a dog based only on the breed is unwise. Different dogs have varying levels of temperament and may have different ways of interacting with other animals and people. Learning about dog breeds before you commit and buy or adopt a dog is essential, but the dog breed is not the only factor that makes a dog aggressive.
If you have an aggressive dog, it is wise to work with a professional dog trainer to modify its behavior. Behavior modification will help the dog understand how to deal better with a stressful event, such as barking or lunging when it sees another dog. In this case, you could teach your dog to act differently by praising him when he sits calmly until the other dog is out of sight.
While behavior modification training can help to reduce aggression in dogs, it may not work entirely. For instance, a dog that is aggressive around children may not ever be able to be trusted unsupervised. In this case, the solution is to be sure the animal is never in contact with children alone.
Whatever the aggressive behavior is, getting help from a dog trainer sooner than later is best. It helps to address the aggression issue quickly so another person or dog is not hurt. Some ways to avoid aggression in your dog are:
If you or a loved one were bitten by a dog in the Chicago area, you do not have to put up with it and pay your own medical bills. You could be entitled to compensation. Contact our dog bite lawyers in Streamwood at SJ Injury Law. We can assist with your case, so call (847) 434-3555.
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