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Immediate steps to take after you are attacked by a dog

If you were attacked by a dog, the first thing you need to do is call the police and seek immediate medical attention. The police and animal control are in a position to investigate the attack and safely remove the dog if it is likely to cause further harm to others. Obtain a copy of the report and the information of the dog owner. Also, take photographs of the dog (if possible) and of your injuries to preserve any bite marks or scarring which may occur.

Claims against an owner for a dog attack are made through homeowners insurance, dog owner insurance, or renter insurance. In Illinois, dog bite owners are responsible for all damages to the victim who is bitten by their dog. Illinois law states (510 ILCS 5/16 Sec. 16):

"If a dog or other animal, without provocation, attacks, attempts to attack, or injures any person who is peaceably conducting himself or herself in any place where he or she may lawfully be, the owner of such dog or other animal is liable in civil damages to such person for the full amount of the injury proximately caused thereby."

To make a claim against a dog owner, you need to know the contact information of the owner. Also, it is important to be able to identify the dog that attacked you. A claim against a dog owner cannot be made if you were in a place you were not lawfully entitled to be (you were trespassing). Also, there are some further exceptions that prohibit you from making a successful dog bite claim, including provoking the dog.

Last, contact an aggressive and experienced dog bite attorney to fully investigate, prepare your case and maximize your recovery. Dog attacks can cause severe scarring, disfigurement and are emotional experiences; you need someone on your side. The attorneys at Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid have successfully handled dog bite cases, including one involving a pit bull which escaped out an unsecured door. Our client was compensated for the cost of all her bills, lost income, physical pain, suffering and disfigurement from the scars on her hand.

Our attorneys are committed to representing people who have been seriously injured and incur significant medical expenses as a result of dog attacks. Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid continue to handle dog bite claims and all types of other personal injury cases in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Will and Kendall Counties and all throughout the Chicagoland area.

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    Mark [Mathys] is very professional. He responds almost immediately, via email, to any question, comment or concern I have and if he is not able to respond right away, he will let me know. I have been very satisfied with Mark so far and I am happy to be his client.
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    Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid were very professional and easy to talk to. Prior to working with them, my wife and I had no real experience with the legal system beyond a house closing, yet Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid explained the whole process to us very well. I knew that whenever I had a concern about our case or the legal system in general I could call their office or send an email and receive answers the same day... -Larry

  5. "Provided very wise advice"

    I've dealt with attorneys on a variety of issues, almost all of them since leaving college and entering the workplace. Mr. Mathys was the first attorney I had any real experience with, and I was impressed then and remain so. He provided very wise advice and always kept me informed. In the end, he delivered a favorable result. I recommend him highly.
    - Tyler D.

  6. "In-depth knowledge of the law"

    Mark [Schneid] is an excellent and skilled attorney and demonstrated in-depth knowledge of the law when he helped settle my dog bite lawsuit resulting from a traumatic incident. He explained what was needed of me and how I should handle the situation in a professional manner.
    - Karen K.

  7. "They went to bat for me"

    Not long ago I was involved in a car accident where I was hit by a gravel truck at an intersection. After I called Mathys & Schneid, even though I didn't have a very large case, they made me feel like I was one of their most important cases. They went to bat for me with the trucking company's insurance and got me a settlement. I would definitely recommend them to my family and friends. -Dan H.

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