Springfield, Illinois Dog Bite Attorneys
While aggressive dog breeds have a greater tendency to become violent, the poor treatment of any type of dog can turn it into a vicious and dangerous animal. Springfield has enacted specific dog ordinances for the purpose of protecting others against the actions of irresponsible dog owners and the Springfield dog bite lawyers of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have extensive knowledge of these laws and how to maximize the value of victim’s claims. If you have been attacked by a dog, we can help you recover the compensation you need to pay for your medical care and to seek justice from dog’s irresponsible owner.
Recent Attack Brings Dog Ownership Concerns into Public View
In April of 2015, a reported dog attack involving a Great Dane and a 10-year-old girl brought the issue of responsible dog ownership to light and resulted in the filing of a report with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Neighbors were alarmed when the girl was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries following the attack. This was not the first time that the dog had bitten a member of the family and the family openly referred to the dog as vicious and mean.
The Great Dane breed is generally very gentle and tolerant, which calls into question whether abusive treatment of the animal made it more aggressive by triggering its defense mechanisms. Prior to the mauling of the 10 year old girl, her sister was also the victim of an attack two months earlier. DCFS was brought into the picture when neighbors expressed concern over how the children’s parents were treating the situation as well as on allegations that the parents were being neglectful.
Springfield Dog Ordinances Protect the Public
The Springfield, Illinois Code of Ordinances contains special provisions in Title IV, Chapter 91, Article IV to protect residents from negligent dog owners by establishing reasonable expectations of all pet owners. The rules that owners must follow to remain in compliance include the following.
- Dogs must be restrained at all times. This means that they must be kept on their owners’ premises or leashed when brought in public. Dogs that are allowed to run freely are in violation and those allowed to escape their owners’ premises can also be considered in violation.
- All dogs are required to have collars that display their owners’ contact information so that others can quickly determine where the animal belongs and who is responsible for its actions.
- Owners are responsible when their animals attack or bite another animal or a human being without provocation. Those who intentionally provoke an animal in an attempt to illicit an attack are unable to seek compensation for injuries suffered in an attack.
- Landlords can be held accountable if they knowingly allow a resident to keep an animal on the property that is known by others to be vicious or dangerous.
Common Springfield Dog Attack Related Injuries
Our Springfield dog attack injury lawyers see many different types of injuries, but they often come with psychological repercussions that can affect a victim far longer than any physical injury would. Some of the most common injuries we see include the following.
- Lacerations and puncture wounds. These injuries can leave scars or become infected, resulting in psychological trauma due to the presence of unsightly scarring or severe medical complications that result from deep tissue infections.
- Nerve damage and paralysis. When nerves are pinched or severed in an attack, it can cause a loss of sensation to the area or render the limb or digits immobile in the most severe cases.
- Loss of eyesight. An attack to the face can have severe repercussions, including damage to the eyes due to direct damage or the development of an eye infection. Victims have lost one or both eyes in attacks or suffered from impaired vision caused by their injuries.
- Broken bones. When taken to the ground or slammed into other objects, victims may suffer broken bones or painful dislocations. This is most common in the elderly, who are easily knocked over.
- Psychological disorders. The impact of dog attacks can be far more severe to the mind than to the body. Victims can become depressed, suffer from anxiety and have trouble with their self-image because of the presence of scars.
Attorneys Ready to Prosecute Your Springfield Dog Bite Case
If you have been attacked by a dog in Springfield, Illinois, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help protect your interests and seek the justice you desire on your behalf. Our award winning Springfield dog bite injury attorneys have extensive knowledge of the law and a track record of success in the recovery of compensation on behalf of thousands of clients just like you. Contact us to arrange a free consultation and case review with a lawyer who will collect the information needed to investigate your legal options and let you know how best to proceed with your case. Should we be unable to help you collect the compensation you deserve, our services will be free.
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