Pets are lovely companions and can quickly become a member of your family. However, some animals can cause serious injury to family members, home visitors, or other passersby. If you have been bitten by a dog or other animal, it can be more than just painful. Victims of dog bites and other animal attacks can also suffer symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The Truth About Dog Bites
The Centers for Disease Controlnotes 36% of American households include a dog. While there are plenty of benefits to dog ownership, there is some risk as well. The CDC continues to report that nearly 1 in 5 dog bites require medical attention.
Children tend to be most vulnerable when it comes to dog bites. However, many dog bites also happen outside of the home. Runners, walkers, and bikers can be bitten while exercising around their neighborhood.
Dogs bite for a variety of reasons, including to prove dominance and to protect their territory. They can also bite during play. In any case, a dog bite can cause physical injury and the potential for an infection.
Dog Bite Cases
Illinois has the second-highest number of dog bite cases in the country and a law that holds the owner accountable for the dog’s bad behavior. If you have been bitten by a dog, you have up to two years to file a claim for compensation for your injuries.
If you choose to file a claim, your attorney will prove you did not instigate the attack and that the dog attacked you in a place where you were lawfully allowed to be. For example, if you are walking down the street and a dog bites your ankle as you pass by his yard, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Typically, homeowner insurance will step in during cases of animal attacks. This can be especially frustrating for the person who was bitten, as there can be extensive tasks and phone calls. You can eliminate this hassle by choosing to work with an experienced attorney.
When you work with MacCloskey, Kesler & Associates, we advocate for your best interests with the insurance company and other parties. Our team offers decades of experience working with cases just like yours, from animal attacks ranging from dog bites to even more serious situations. We would be honored to provide you with the guidance and counsel to navigate your way through your recovery.
Call our offices to tell us more about your situation.
Your pet is part of the family. Your four-legged friend is there to greet you after a long day of work and can make your child laugh no matter what. However, some animals are not friendly and can be aggressive to humans; in fact, some animals can be friendly to their owners but aggressive to others. In any case, animal attacks, specifically dangerous encounters with a dog, can cause serious harm to you or your loved ones.
Dog Bite Statistics Man’s best friend can also be man’s biggest enemy. Illinois residents are especially prone to being on the receiving end of a dog bite. In fact, NBC5 reportedthat Illinois was among the top three states for dog bite claims just a few years ago. While dogs attack for a variety of reasons, one thing is certain: a dog bite can cause physical injury and emotional trauma that could last well beyond the encounter.
Dangers of Dog Bites When a dog attacks a human, the physical injuries are noticed first. Puncture wounds, skin tears, and even muscle damage are common. The injured party can deal with immediate and chronic pain that can affect range of motion, daily life, and even work responsibilities. However, the emotional trauma of being bitten by a dog can be just as devastating.
People who have been attacked by a dog can show signs of emotional distress, including symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. This emotional trauma can require counseling and medical treatment to decrease anxiety, and can even make returning to a normal life – personally and professionally – considerably more difficult.
How to Get Help If you have been injured due to a dog bite or attack, connect with an attorney as soon as possible. The team at MacCloskey Kesler and Associatesoffers considerable experience working for clients who have been injured, and we get the results our clients need to feel their best. We will work with you to get the compensation you require, and we are not afraid of taking your case to court.
Contact us today, so that we can get started on your case. Your physical and emotional health are important, and you deserve the compensation to support your overall wellness.
Cat bites can be extremely painful and pose a very serious threat to your health. As with any animal bite, it can get infected and require surgery. Once infected it can be very difficult to treat and take a long time to heal.
We recently represented a woman who was attacked and bitten by a cat. She came home with her groceries and was carrying the grocery bag and her purse. As luck would have it, after she unlocked her front door she dropped her keys. She was standing on the stoop, three steps up from her sidewalk, and the keys fell to the ground next to some bushes.
She came down to the sidewalk, reached for her keys and was immediately attacked and bitten on the back and side of her hand by a black, long haired cat. She was bitten deeply, on the knuckle at the junction of her hand and thumb. The cat immediately let go of her, grabbed a dead bird lying nearby, and ran away.
She went inside and treated the wound with an antiseptic, and saw it was fairly deep. She called her family doctor and got some prescription antibiotics which she filled that day. Unfortunately, the wound became infected despite the antibiotics, so she went to the emergency department of a local hospital. As it turned out, she needed a surgical procedure to clean out the infection, a long course of anti-biotics and then her hand/wrist was put in a split.
She had originally thought the cat that attacked her was a stray, but as time went by she continued to see it around her house. Since she lived in the country, and had been bothered by raccoons before, she happened to have a live trap in her basement which she had used before to catch and relocate raccoons. She set it up outside and decided to try to catch the cat.
After a few weeks she was able to successfully catch the cat that bit her, and the county Animal Control officers determined it to be her neighbor’s cat. We filed a claim against the neighbor and his homeowner’s insurance company which was initially denied. They argued that our client couldn’t be sure this was the cat that attacked her, and that there was nothing to prove the cat was vicious.
We were able to obtain a very nice settlement for our client when we argued that since she was a cat owner herself, she was able to identify the particular cat that attacked her based on her knowledge of cats in general. The description she initially gave to the Animal Control officers on the day she was bitten matched the description of the cat once it was captured. Additionally we argued that cats don’t see the same way people do. They see motion much better than they see stationary objects, but may not be able to differentiate what the object is that is moving. This cat wasn’t vicious, it was just hunting, and when it saw our client’s hand move it thought its prey was escaping, so it attacked. As soon as it realized it wasn’t the bird it had bitten but my client, it released her right away. The insurance company reluctantly agreed with our theory of the case, and it paid a nice settlement before we even had to file suit.
In our experience over thousands of cases, we have seen many different scenarios that result in liability against someone who has wrongfully injured our clients. It’s like that insurance company saying, we know things because we’ve seen things.
At MacCloskey Kesler & Associates, we have seen hundreds of different ways people get injured by the negligence of others, and have been able to obtain full and fair compensation for our clients under those differing circumstances. Put our experience to work for you. If you’ve been injured in an accident or by the general negligence of someone else, call us now for a free consultation at 815-965-2000. No case is too unusual for us to help you.
Based on our experience, dog attacks and dog bites appear to be on the rise. Since Kim MacCloskey started practicing law, the number of cases involving dog bites and attacks has risen dramatically. Additionally, the severity of the bites has increased. Gone are the days when your neighbor’s Collie nips you while playing with her; now, people are being attacked from behind locked fences, through closed doors, and even when trying to adopt pets at shelters.
There are all manner of bites too, from small bites on the hand to vicious maulings where emergency medical personnel work feverishly to staple the wounds shut. And it is not just the stereotypically “mean” dogs that attack and bite, but all kinds of dogs. We even represented one man who was attacked at an animal shelter by a dog who had been confiscated from a drug house, which dog was actually shot while trying to attack a police officer during a drug raid.
You can also recover for injuries sustained in a dog attack even if you are not bitten. Illinois law is clear that if someone sustains an injury in an attack, being knocked down or tripped or otherwise injured, the owner or harborer of that dog can be held legally liable.
Additionally, the law allows for recovery for all manner of animal attacks and bites; you don’t necessarily have to be attacked or bitten by a dog. As you might imagine, incidents involving dogs are by far the most common.
At MacCloskeyKesler and Associates, we have experience in all types of dog attacks and bite cases, from the most minor to the horrific. We know the law regarding dog or other animal attacks and bites, and know what must be proven to recover compensation under Illinois law. We will leave no stone unturned to recovery the compensation you deserve.
So if you’ve been attacked or bitten by a dog or other animal, call us now for a free consultation at 1-815-965-2000, or toll free at 1-877-965-2100. Put our experience to work for you.