Dog Attack Attorneys Serving Rockford, Illinois
Like many communities throughout Illinois, Rockford has needed to add teeth to its dog ordinances in order to protect the public from aggressive and vicious animals. The Rockford dog bite lawyers at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers recognize that the addition of a dog to a family can bring a great amount of joy and needed companionship, but many dog owners do not take the responsibilities of dog ownership seriously. Unfortunately, it is others who suffer when these owners do not properly train or care for their animals and we work tirelessly on behalf of dog attack victims to hold the owners of the offending dogs accountable and recover the compensation victims require for their medical recoveries.
Rockford is no Stranger to Dog-Related Controversies
In recent years, numerous dog attacks have forced Rockford to reevaluate its local ordinances to provide greater protection to its residents. Many of the victims in these attacks are children, and because children often stand face to face with the animals that attack them, they ensure injuries that are more severe and life changing. In one very tragic incident, a 39 year old woman was attacked and killed by her own dogs when the two animals quarreled against each other. As she was attempting to bring the dogs under control, she suffered a seizure and the dogs bit her head and neck repeatedly throughout the incident.
Her death in December of 2011 is a reminder that many dog owners are unaware of how quickly their own animals can act on instinct and turn into savage animals. An understanding of a dog’s instincts and the proper way to train the animal so that it will remain under control should be required of anyone who wishes to own a dog.
Rockford’s Dog Ordinances
When addressing concerns over the potential danger that dogs on the loose can present other people, Rockford developed key ordinances that are meant to provide penalties to those who fail to keep their animals controlled and out of the way of the public. Following are some of the key laws found within Chapter 4, Article 2, Division 2 of the Rockford Municipal Code that apply to dog ownership.
- If a dog is found running at large, its owner is subject to a monetary fine for every instance in which the animal is found running free. Owners are required to keep dogs contained on their own premises and to leash them whenever exiting their property.
- Dogs can be considered a public nuisance if they bark, howl or cry excessively. If they make aggressive movements toward others while on the property, this can also be considered a nuisance, so owners need to be sure that their animals cannot be a danger to anyone that has a right to enter and exit their premises.
- All dogs need to be licensed and registered so that they can be monitored more easily and returned to their owners more quickly when found on the loose. In order to obtain tags, the dogs need to receive a rabies vaccine and regular inoculations.
The Long Term Impact of Dog Attack Injuries
Our Rockford dog attack injury lawyers often argue the long-term impact of an injury when seeking compensation on behalf of our clients. Aside from the physical impairments that may result from an attack, there are psychological impacts that can haunt victims for the rest of their lives. Here are some of the ways in which a dog bite can leave a mark that simply does not go away.
- The attack leaves the victim with permanent scarring or disfigurement. Not only does this lead to poor self-esteem and shame due to the unsightly scars, but it reminds the victim every time he or she looks in the mirror of the past traumatic experience.
- Long-term nerve damage. Severed or damaged nerves can result in a condition called peripheral neuropathy in which victims lose sensation in the affected area. This can also impact mobility and make the limb weaker.
- Psychological disorders. A dog attack is a traumatic experience that can leave a mark on the psyche. Victims are often afraid of ever coming in contact with another dog and may suffer from depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Loss of limb. It is not uncommon for a dog bite to become infected. The nature of these infections makes them harder to treat due to the insertion of germs into deep tissue via the animal’s saliva. When an infection begins to spread beyond the ability of doctors to control it safely, they will amputate the affected limb. Patients need to adapt to living life without one of their limbs and this can be difficult from a physical and psychological perspective.
Rockford Dog Bite Lawyers Protecting Your Interests
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is an award winning law firm dedicated to protecting your rights when you’ve been injured due to another person’s failure to act responsibly. Our Rockford dog bite injury attorneys have recovered compensation on behalf of thousands of clients who have suffered injuries in dog attacks and we are confident that we can help you too. Contact us today to arrange a free consultation so that we can review the details of your case and go over your legal options with you face-to-face. If we are unable to help secure damages on your behalf, our services will be free of charge.
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