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Can I recover compensation if a dog injured me without biting?

Michael Agruss

Written and Reviewed by Michael Agruss

  • Managing Partner and Personal Injury Lawyer at Mike Agruss Law.
  • Over 20 years of experience in Personal Injury.
  • Over 8000+ consumer rights cases settled.
  • Graduated from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law: Juris Doctor, 2004.

An attack by a dog does not need to include a bite to result in injuries and losses, and dog attack victims are still fully eligible for compensation even if the attack did not include a bite. If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog attack.

We at Mike Agruss Law are here for you every step of the way to ensure that your rights are protected and you are fully compensated for your injuries and losses, and this includes working on your behalf to ensure a favorable settlement. In dog attack cases, there are some essential elements which you must prove as the plaintiff. These are:

  • The defendant is the owner of the dog;
  • You were acting peacefully;
  • You were legally allowed to be where you were (not trespassing) when the attack occurred;
  • You did not provoke the dog;
  • The attack resulted in injuries.

Remember, according to 510 ILCS 5/16, a bite is not necessary: a dog need only “attack, attempt to attack, or injure any person” for the dog’s owner to be potentially liable for the damages. In terms of financial compensation, you may be eligible to recover for medical expenses and lost wages, and you can also be financially compensated for intangible damages; depending on the severity of the attack and your injuries, these damages may include pain and suffering and long-term health complications such as scarring, disabilities, or disfigurement.

Finally, punitive damages may also be rewarded in some cases in which the dog owner’s conduct was “extreme” or “outrageous;” examples may include when an owner encourages an attack or is grossly negligent by allowing a dog to roam freely despite it having violent tendencies or a history of violent or aggressive behavior.

We at Mike Agruss Law are proud to serve our fellow citizens in personal injury cases, including when you or a loved one has been injured in a dog attack, and we are fully committed to protecting your rights and ensuring that the dog’s owner is held legally accountable when negligence occurs. We will fight until the very end to ensure that you are fully compensated for all injuries and losses resulting from the accident, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering, and you won’t owe us a dime for our services.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an attack by a dog, contact Mike Agruss Law for a free consultation. Helping our clients is about counseling, advocating, and ultimately solving problems. With years of experience successfully representing the people and not the powerful, we will take care of the insurance adjusters, your medical bills, your property damage, and your lost wages, and monitor your treatment so you can focus on healing and getting your life back to normal. We will handle your case quickly and advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you.

Lastly, Mike Agruss Law is not paid attorneys’ fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. You have nothing to risk when you hire us – only the opportunity to seek justice.

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