Dog Bite Lawyers Serving Joliet, Illinois
Joliet has always been a dog-friendly city, with numerous dog parks located throughout its limits to help dog owners exercise their pets and meet others with similar interests. The city also has very stringent laws regarding pet ownership that were passed for the protection of residents who may encounter or be attacked by others’ animals. The Joliet dog bite injury attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers support the lawful and responsible ownership of dogs, but also recognize the need to hold irresponsible owners accountable and to represent the interests of victims; whose lives are often changed in an instant due to dog attacks.
Joliet Dog Ordinances Protect the Interests of Victims
Within the Joliet Municipal Code of Ordinances is an entire section dedicated to dog ownership. Chapter 6, Article II was devised to establish clear rules and responsibilities for any resident looking to own a dog. Following are some of the expectations that are established within these ordinances.
- All dogs need to be licensed by the city and display current tags so that they may be easily identified. This is for other peoples’ protection as well as for the dog’s safety as it helps others locate the owner of a dog that has been lost or broken free.
- Dogs are not allowed to roam freely in public areas. With the exception of being within the boundaries of a dog run or dog park, dogs are to be leashed at all time when away from their homes.
- Owners are responsible for noise disturbances caused by their dogs. This includes excessive barking, howling, growling, crying or whining. If the animal is a nuisance, it should be brought indoors.
- When a dog bites a human being, it must be put under the observation of a rabies inspector and undergo an evaluation by a veterinarian to determine whether the animal is diseased or will be a continued danger to others. All dog attacks must be reported immediately to local authorities or the county health department.
Despite strong laws in place that protect the rights of residents, the topic of dog attacks hits close to home for Joliet residents. For a four month period beginning in September of 2013, a Rottweiler and Pit Bull were responsible for four separate attacks involving neighbors. The animals were not provoked in any of the attacks and residents expressed outrage when reports surfaced in January of 2015 that the authorities had not any action against the owner of the vicious dogs to protect the children and elderly residents living in that neighborhood.
Types of Injuries Suffered in Dog Attacks
Our Joliet dog attack injury lawyers have helped people with a wide range of injuries. What many of these injuries have in common is that they are brought on by puncture wounds and lacerations caused by the animal’s teeth or claws. More serious complications can develop following the initial injury and the most common injuries that we see include the following.
- Disfigurement or permanent scarring due to deep lacerations or puncture wounds. A scar is a permanent reminder of a traumatic event and many victims must live with an altered appearance for the rest of their lives. This causes depression, anxiety and lowered self-esteem in many victims.
- Deep tissue infections. Dogs have many different types of microorganisms within their saliva and their teeth can inject bacteria into the deep tissue that is damaged during an attack. When an infection develops, it can be difficult to treat. In some cases, doctors have little choice other than to amputate before the infection can spread.
- Irreparable nerve damage. Some victims may lose feeling in the affected limb or digits due to extensive nerve damage or lose mobility. This can make it difficult to feel sensations such as heat or cold or when an object has caused an injury to the area.
- Broken or shattered bones. Dogs can take victims to the ground or slam them into objects during an attack. In other cases still, victims could injure themselves when attempting to escape. These are all events that can result in broken bones that require extensive medical care.
There are five local dog parks that Joliet dog owners can use for the purpose of allowing their animals to get exercise and roam freely, so there should be no excuse for owners allowing their pets to roam the streets of the city unattended. Whenever an animal does get loose or attacks a person who has the right to be on an owner’s property, that owner is responsible for providing compensation to cover the cost of the victim’s medical treatment, lost wages and the value of his or her pain and suffering and mental anguish.
Joliet Dog Bite Lawyers Protecting Your Legal Rights
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is an award-winning personal injury law firm that has successfully recovered compensation on behalf of thousands of people just like you. If you have been injured in an Illinois dog attack, contact us to arrange a free consultation with one of our qualified and experienced Joliet dog bite injury attorneys so that we can review your legal options and let you know what we can do to maximize the value of your case. In the event that we are unable to assist you in securing compensation for your injuries, you are assured that our services will be completely free of charge.
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