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Dogs are viewed as cute, loyal or playful. The old saying goes: A dog is a man’s best friend. But our attorneys in Chicago know that some dogs can be vicious and cause trauma, especially when they attack children.

Dog owners are responsible for their pets. If a dog leaves the confines of a person’s property and attacks someone, then the owner is liable for all damages caused to the dog bite victim. If a dog is not on a leash in an area where it is required to be restrained, and the dog injures a person, then it is the dog owner’s responsibility to accept the repercussions of her dog’s actions. Even if a dog is on the owner’s property, and a person is unreasonably injured by a dog, then the owner remains responsible for the accident.

Alarmingly, Illinois has been cited as one of the top states for dog bite claims. You can read more about Illinois’ dog bite law on the state’s website.

Dog bite injuries affect millions of people annually. These bites can range from minor (simple skin lacerations that do not require extensive medical treatment) to those causing serious injury (injury that may require surgery and could lead to physical handicap). The Journal of the American Medical Association reports that almost 17% of dog bites each year are serious enough to require medical attention.


If you or your loved one is attacked by a dog, seek immediate medical care for any injuries. Get all the records regarding the attack, including animal control records, medical records, police reports, and any other records/reports regarding what happened. Take pictures of any injury. It is easier to show a picture of an injury than to describe it verbally.

Deratany & Kosner has the resources and experience necessary to determine fault after a dog attack. We have access to medical experts. We take depositions, gather evidence and oppose the lawyers of large insurance firms. The Chicago personal injury lawyer you choose must be able to cover the expenses for such battles. The attorneys at Deratany & Kosner have the experience, skill and dedication to successfully resolve your case.

Whether your legal concern is relatively simple or very complex, let one of our dedicated and experienced attorneys begin working on a favorable resolution. We will answer any questions you may have free of charge. If it is necessary for us to meet with you in your home or health care facility, we will be happy to make arrangements with you for that meeting. Contact us today at 800-529-7285 for a free case consultation.

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