Dog Bite Attorneys Serving Naperville, Illinois
Naperville is one of the many cities located within the greater metropolitan area of Chicago that have adopted stronger measures to protect residents by holding dog owners accountable for the actions of their pets. The Naperville dog bite attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are versed on these ordinances and how to use them to ensure you are able to recover the maximum amount of compensation available when you have been attacked. Dog attacks often leave the victim with physical and emotional scars that can last the rest of their lives, which is why we will do whatever it takes to find justice on behalf of our clients.
Naperville Updates Municipal Code to Reduce Dog Bites
In an effort to reduce the number of injuries suffered due to dog attacks within Naperville’s city limits, revisions were made to Chapter 4 of Naperville’s Municipal Codes. These laws establish clear expectations for any person living in the city that wishes to own dogs or cats and makes it possible to penalize anyone who does not follow the rules or meet expectations. Some of these expectations and rules include the following.
- Dog owners are limited to owning a total of no more than three dogs or cats. The only exception to this rule is when a dog gives birth to a litter. When this occurs, the dog owner has four months to bring the total number of dogs below three again.
- Owners can be cited when their animals are considered a public nuisance. Examples include when the dog or cat whines, cries, howls or barks incessantly, the animal roams freely, the pet acts aggressively and scares others or commits any other action that could be considered a nuisance.
- Every animal needs to be licensed and tags must be attached to each pet’s collar to prove that it is registered and to help others easily identify the animal’s owner. This protects the animal and those who must interact with it by allowing people to determine where the animal belongs.
- All pets must receive inoculations and vaccinations within the first four months of ownership and on a regular basis thereafter.
- Owners are directly responsible for any injury or damage which is the result of their dog attacking a person or destroying property without provocation.
Common Injuries Suffered in Attacks
Our Naperville dog attack lawyers have needed to confront the sad reality that most dog attack victims are children. Their height and stature usually places them face to face with dogs, which is why they often suffer from bites to the head, face or neck. Puncture wounds and lacerations to these areas can leave permanent reminders of the incident in the form of scars and lead to embarrassment and self-consciousness later on in life. Other common injuries include the following.
- Infections caused by the introduction of germs and bacteria to the wound. Dogs carry many communicable diseases in their saliva and can inject these organisms into deep tissue where they are harder to eliminate. Infections can spread, resulting in septic shock or forcing doctors to amputate the affected limb or digits.
- Broken bones. The elderly are at the greatest risk of suffering broken bones from dog attacks because they are often knocked over during the incident. Others may break bones when trying to escape of being caught between a dog and an object.
- Peripheral neuropathy. This condition is the result of nerve damage resulting from the puncture or laceration wounds inflicted during the attack. Since nerves do not heal like muscles or skin tissue, the victim may lose feeling in the area, experience weakness in the affected limb or lose motor function entirely.
- Loss of vision. If the attack is to the face, the victim may lose his or her sight due to damage to one or both eyes.
- Wrongful death. In severe cases, the victim may die from his or her wounds. It is important that the dog owner be held accountable when his or her dog causes the death of another person.
Types of Compensation Sought in Naperville Dog Attack Cases
Our Naperville dog attack lawyers are often asked about the types of compensation that are available to victims and how the value of a case is determined. Victims are entitled to the full value of their medical treatment and this includes future costs. We often rely on medical experts to project the value of these costs in order to ensure you can afford your care throughout your entire recovery.You are also able to recover the value of any wages or lost opportunities suffered due to an inability to work. If you’ve suffered a permanent disability, you may recover damages for the long term repercussions of your disability. Finally, you are entitled to recover compensation in the value of your pain and suffering, which can include your physical suffering as well as any mental or emotional anguish you have suffered. This can include anxiety around dogs, post-traumatic stress disorder and shame from an altered appearance.
You are also able to recover the value of any wages or lost opportunities suffered due to an inability to work. If you’ve suffered a permanent disability, you may recover damages for the long term repercussions of your disability. Finally, you are entitled to recover compensation in the value of your pain and suffering, which can include your physical suffering as well as any mental or emotional anguish you have suffered. This can include anxiety around dogs, post-traumatic stress disorder and shame from an altered appearance.
Get Legal Help Now For Your Naperville Dog Bite Case
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has helped thousands of clients recover the compensation that they have been entitled to and our qualified Naperville dog bite attorneys have extensive knowledge of the updated ordinances and how to maximize the value of your case and chances of success. Contact us today to arrange a free consultation with a lawyer so that we can review your legal options and collect the information we need to get working on your behalf.
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