Chicago Dog Bite Lawyer

Chicago Dog Bite LawyerMs. Elizabeth C. Ryan has a proven track record of successfully recovering dog bite settlements and jury awards on behalf of her clients.  When an individual is bitten or injured by a dog, it is important that you have an experienced attorney working on your behalf to ensure the best results.  The circumstances surrounding the incident and the manner in which you respond to the incident can substantially affect the outcome of your case.  It is important to hire an attorney who will not only thoroughly investigate your case, but who also has the knowledge, experience and training necessary to aggressively represent you in your case.

When you are bitten by a dog, it is important you take the following steps:

  1. Contact the police immediately.  An Animal Bite Report will be generated by Animal Control and Animal Control will go to the dog owner’s home to determine if the dog has rabies and/or is deemed dangerous.
  2. Take down contact information of all individuals who witnessed the incident.
  3. Go to the emergency room immediately. The doctor will examine you and provide an appropriate course of treatment. In some cases, victims of dog attacks are required to get a tetanus shot.
  4. Take pictures of your puncture wounds and/or injuries.
  5. If your puncture wound results in a scar, take pictures and go to a plastic surgeon for a consultation.
  6. Do not speak to any insurance company representatives or sign any documents.
  7. Lastly, contact Ms. Elizabeth C. Ryan (312) 380-1089 or click HERE to email.

The law is on your side as Illinois is a strict liability state.  The Animal Control Act provides, “If a dog or other animal, without provocation, attacks, attempts to attack, or injures any person who is peaceably conducting himself or herself in any place where he or she may lawfully be, the owner of such dog or other animal is liable in civil damages to such person for the full amount of the injury proximately caused thereby.” (510 ILCS 5/16) 

Things to take into consideration are the following:

  • identifying the owner of the dog
  • who had control over the dog at the time of the incident
  • whether the dog is up to date on rabies shots
  • whether provocation is at issue
  • whether the dog had bitten or harmed an individual prior to your incident

Ms. Elizabeth C. Ryan is willing to work on your behalf to secure the compensation you deserve.  Please call immediately at (312)380-1089