Being bitten by a dog is likely to be a painful, upsetting experience that can leave you feeling confused about what you should do. Under Illinois law, dog bite victims are allowed to pursue compensation for their injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite, here are some key steps you should take after an attack to protect your legal rights:
1) Seek immediate medical treatment: All bite injuries, whether minor or serious, should be examined by a doctor due to the risk of infection. Large wounds may require stitches or even plastic surgery.
2) Find the dog and owner: Try to get the name, contact details and insurance information of the dog owner. However, avoid communicating with the owner’s insurance company. Do not sign any documents or provide an official statement as it could affect your right to obtain additional damages.
3) Collect witness information: Be sure to get the name and contact details of anyone who saw the dog attack. Witness testimony can help support your case later.
4) Document the incident: Take photos of your injuries, as well as the location of the dog attack. Write down details about the incident, and save any clothing that the dog may have damaged.
5) Contact a dog bite lawyer: A lawyer experienced with handling dog bite cases can guide you through your legal options for pursuing compensation for your injuries. Your lawyer will thoroughly investigate your case and speak to insurance companies on your behalf to obtain the best possible settlement.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog attack in Illinois, call or email Briskman Briskman & Greenberg today to schedule a free consultation.