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Peoria Dog Bite Attorney

Dogs may be man’s best friend, but they can also cause serious injuries when they attack. If you have been bitten by a dog in a public place, or when you were lawfully present on a property, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries. Call the top-rated dog bite attorneys in Peoria, Illinois, today to schedule a consultation. We can tell you if you have a case and what damages should be pursued.

Why Choose Our Firm?

  • We are a client-oriented firm, committed to serving the best interests of the people we represent.
  • Our Peoria personal injury attorneys have more than four decades of experience representing individuals who have been injured through the negligence of others.
  • We operate on a contingency-fee basis – you pay us no legal fees until we settle or win your case.

Why You Need a Dog Bite Lawyer

Dog bites can result in extensive medical treatment, emotional and psychological trauma, and residual scarring. After serious dog bite injuries, our experienced Peoria dog bite attorneys will work hard to protect your rights and hold the animal owner responsible for your injuries. We will investigate the incident and secure records and evidence to maximize the value of your claim via settlement or trial.

Dog Bite Statistics

  • 7 million dog bites occur in the U.S. every year, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • 800,000 dog bites per year require medical treatment.
  • One out of every 69 people in the U.S. is bitten by a dog.
  • 6,244 postal employees were attacked by dogs in 2017, as stated by the USPS.
  • More than 25 dog breeds have been involved in fatal human attacks over a 20-year period, as found in a study published by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

Illinois Dog Bite Laws

Illinois is a strict liability state when it comes to dog bites. Under state dog bite laws, animal owners are strictly liable for injuries caused by their dogs, whether or not they had previous knowledge of the animal’s aggressive tendencies. To establish liability for dog bite injuries, the injured party must simply prove that:

  • The dog attacked, attempted to attack, or injured the person.
  • The injured person was lawfully in the place where he or she was bitten or injured.
  • The dog was not provoked.

Defenses to Dog Bite Liability

Dog owner’s in our state generally only have two possible defenses in a dog bite injury claim:

  • The injured person was trespassing; or
  • The dog was provoked.

A dog owner may not be held liable for dog bites sustained by someone who was present on the dog owner’s property without permission. Neither may a dog owner be held liable for dog bites that resulted from the animal being hurt or provoked.

Statute of Limitations for Dog Bites

In Illinois, the statute of limitations (time limit imposed by law) for dog bite claims is two years. You have two years from the date you were bitten by a dog to file a lawsuit in court, after which your claim is forever barred.

Contact Our Peoria, Illinois Office Today

Dog bites can cause serious injuries, medical complications, emotional trauma, and permanent scarring. If you or your loved one has been bitten by a dog, contact Kanoski Bresney as soon as possible. Our Peoria dog bite lawyers can protect your rights and fight for the compensation you deserve.