While the idea of dogs barking at postal workers may seem cliché, it is, in fact, an indicator of a serious problem. Attacks by dogs against postal workers are unusually common. According to data from the U.S. Postal Service, Chicago ranked 5th in 2013 for dog attacks on mailmen, with a total of 47 for the year.
Illinois, in general, had the second-highest number of dog attack insurance claims in 2013, behind only California. In Chicago, the owner of a dog has strict liability for any dog attack against a person who is not illegally trespassing on the owner’s property, or who did not violently provoke the dog. Postal workers who are delivering mail appropriately are not trespassing and dog owners CAN be held liable for any unprovoked attacks against them. Read the rest »
Known for their loyalty and obedience, dogs are one of the most popular pets in America. In spite of this, in the United States, more than 1,000 people seek emergency room treatment for dog bites every day. Each year, in Illinois, many adults and children suffer serious and sometimes fatal injuries as a result of an unprovoked dog attack. Dog bites can result in permanent physical scarring, disfigurement and psychological trauma that lasts long after the attack. If you or a love one has been injured in an unprovoked dog attack, you can seek monetary compensation to help secure the best possible medical treatment so that you can get on the road to recovery as quickly as possible. Read the rest »
You love your dog. You pamper them, give them treats, and walk them everyday. When it comes to the household pecking order, the dog might even rank higher than some family members. And who could blame you? That is why it is important to train and familiarize your dog with its surroundings. If that pet you love so much tries to bite someone or attacks another person, you may lose one of your best friends.
Take for instance a situation that occurred in the Little Village neighborhood. According to a CBS Chicago report, a 34 year-old woman was attacked in broad daylight along South Whipple Street. The dog caused severe injuries to her arm, neck, and face. The woman was rescued and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition. No one is sure what caused the dog to attack, but it lead to local Animal Care & Control seizing the animal. Depending on the circumstances, not only could the owner lose the dog, but they could also be held accountable for the woman’s injuries in civil court. Read the rest »