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Disfigurement Impact and Compensation

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.


The physical and psychological impact of disfigurement can require extensive treatment and can be difficult to fully overcome. Provided that your dog bite attack met the parameters of the Illinois Dog Bite Statute, you may be entitled to compensation for your disfigurement.

Law 510 ILCS 5/16 states:

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.

This means that to prove that the owner of a dog, or other animal, that has bitten is liable for the bite, the injured party must prove three things:

  • The dog or other animal attempted to attack, attacked, or injured the victim.
  • The victim had the legal right to be in the place where the attack occurred.
  • The dog or other animal was not in any way provoked into attacking.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog bite 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.

Financial Compensation for Disfigurement

When a person suffers from disfigurement or scarring, they may be entitled to compensation for their injuries, medical bills, and mental anguish. When you are seeking compensation for your disfigurement, there are multiple factors that will come into play regarding your settlement amount.

These factors include:

  • The area of the body affected by the disfigurement     
  • The extent of the disfigurement        
  • The effect the disfigurement has on your mental state       
  • The effect the disfigurement has on your personal and professional life      
  • Loss of mobility and flexibility
  • Medical costs

The more prominent the disfigurement and the more medical costs associated with it, the higher the settlement will be. Just like rewards for pain and suffering are subjective, so are the rewards for disfigurement. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help determine what is fair compensation for your case now and for the physical and mental pain you will continue to suffer in the future.

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 bite attack, and we are fully committed to protecting your rights and ensuring that the other party 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.

We see you as a person, not just a client – and that makes us better at what we do. We listen. We learn your story. And, as we help you get the money you deserve, we go above and beyond in a way most law firms never could and never would. Because we’re not just lawyers. And you’re not just a client. We’re friends, neighbors, family. We’re all people and here at Mike Agruss Law, we put People, First.

Helping our clients is about counseling, advocating, and ultimately solving problems. With years of experience successfully representing the people, not the powerful, we will take care of the insurance adjusters, your medical bills, your property damage, your lost wages, and monitor your treatment so you can focus on healing and getting your life back to normal. Our unique formula has earned us over 900 outstanding client reviews on our website, an A+ BBB rating, and over 120 five-star reviews on Google.  Call 888-572-0176, e-mail us at [email protected] or schedule a meeting with us here. We’re here 24/7. 


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