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Do you have to report a dog bite in Illinois?

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.


Illinois requires anyone with knowledge of a dog bite to report the incident to a state health administrator or their representative within 24 hours. It is also unlawful for the owner of the dog to give away, sell, hide, or euthanize the dog until the animal is released from the 10-day quarantine that is required by law.

The report that will be filed is important because it begins a case on the offending animal and alerts officials that a possibly dangerous dog is in the area. When officials know that a dog is prone to biting, they can require the owner to take specific actions to keep the general public safe. The report also documents the incident and injuries you have sustained, which strengthens your case when it comes time to discuss a settlement with the insurance company or pursue a civil suit against the dog’s owner.

Dog bite attacks are both painful and expensive. Not only will you have the initial medical bills after an attack, but you will likely have follow-up appointments, medications, possible surgeries, rehabilitation, and missed work with lost wages depending on how severe the dog bite attack was.

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.

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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