Being bitten or attacked by a dog can be a terrifying experience that can leave you with serious injuries and large medical bills. Under Illinois law, a dog bite victim is not required to prove the dog owner’s negligence. The victim only needs to show that they were hurt by the dog and that the attack was unprovoked.
With the right evidence, it may be possible to recover compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost earnings and other costs related to your dog bite injury. Here are some valuable pieces of evidence that can help successfully prove your dog bite case:
Medical bills and records. Dog bite victims should go see a doctor to have their wounds treated and avoid the risk of infection. By obtaining immediate medical attention, you will have documentation to prove the extent of your injuries.
Police report. Inform police about the dog attack immediately. Obtain a copy of the police report.
Witness contact information. Note down the names and contact details of anyone who witnessed the attack as they may be able to testify for you later. If possible, also gather the contact information of the dog owner.
Photographs. Take photos of your injuries from the dog bite, as well as the location of the incident. These photos can help establish the nature of your injuries as well as where you were at the time of the attack.
Damaged clothing. Save any clothes that may have been torn or punctured during the dog attack. Do not wash them.
An experienced Chicago dog bite lawyer can help you gather and preserve these and other key pieces of evidence. For example, the law firm may be able to uncover records of past incidents that involved the same dog or dog owner.
If you have been hurt in a dog bite accident, visit https://www.briskmanandbriskman.com/practice-areas/chicago-dog-bite-lawyer to learn more about how Briskman Briskman & Greenberg can help you pursue compensation for your injuries.