For the most part, domesticated dogs are mild-mannered and harmless. Some dogs, however, are aggressive by nature. Others are uncomfortable around unfamiliar people and instinctually react by biting. If you are minding your own business and are bitten by a dog or other animal that does not belong to you, you should not be liable for the medical bills and other costs associated with the animal attack you endure. To find out more about how dog bite suits and other animal cases work, continue reading below.
Meeting With a Lawyer
After you receive any immediate medical attention your animal attack injuries require, contact a personal injury attorney who has experience with dog bites and other animal attack cases. During your first meeting, share all of the information you can remember about the attack with the lawyer. This will help him or her determine whether there are solid grounds for negligence on behalf of the pet owner or other party responsible for the animal that attacked you.
Another party may be liable for damages associated with your injury if he or she failed to exercise care as a reasonably prudent person would in the same situation. Grounds for liability include failing to control the dog or administer proper vaccines.
Calculating a monetary value for the damages caused in an animal attack case is difficult, and can be carried out most effectively with the help of a personal injury attorney. Save all receipts and invoices for medical treatment and therapy, as well as documentation of work that you miss to receive treatment or recover. Share these with your lawyer, and he or she will work to secure compensation for all damages associated with your case.
If all of the conditions for establishing negligence of due care are present, a personal injury attorney can help you recover compensation for economic and non-economic damages associated with your case.
If you are a resident of the Chicago area who has suffered from a serious dog bite or other animal attack because of someone else’s negligence, a personal injury lawyer can help you. To set up a free consultation with a Chicago area dog bite attorney, call McCready, Garcia & Leet, P.C. at (773) 779-9885!