Animal Incidents / Dog Bites
Unfortunately, people are hurt often in animal-related incidents. A common example is when an individual is bit by a neighbor’s dog, or by the dog of a passerby. However, liability can be imposed on an owner or possessor of an animal that causes harm in other ways: for example, if someone’s dog gets tangled in your dog’s leash and knocks you down, you may have a claim.
In Illinois, there are two “roads to recovery” for animal-related incidents. The first is the Animal Control Act, which imposes strict liability on the owner or possessor of an animal that causes harm. It is also possible to hold owners or possessors of animals liable for regular negligence. Please contact us if you or a loved one has been injured in connection with an animal incident. We can help you delineate what claims you may have and identify the sources of insurance that may be available.