Dog Bite Lawyers Serving Waukegan
Waukegan has established ordinances that establish reasonable expectations of all dog owners in order to reduce the likelihood of attacks. The Waukegan dog bite injury attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers know that these laws only go so far and that animals get loose or attack visitors on a regular basis only to cause injury to other animals or human beings. We are committed to ensuring that the owners of these dogs are held accountable and required to provide the compensation that their victims are entitled to for the value of their medical care, lost wages and emotional turmoil.
Most Dog Attacks Occur at Home
While there are reasonable concerns about dogs that get loose and attack innocent bystanders or animals, studies have revealed that the majority of dog-related injuries are suffered inside of the home and that victims tend to be family members who are visiting or stay at the home for a short time. Almost half of dog attacks involve a child and their injuries are more severe because many dogs can stand face to face with children and easily bite them on the head, neck or face.
A lot of attention has been directed at aggressive breeds in recent history; such as the Pit Bull, Rottweiler or German Shepherd. Much of this attention has been misdirected, however. Golden Retrievers are known to be gentle, family dogs, but are just as likely to bite people when abused and mistreated as more aggressive breeds. A dog’s demeanor is ultimately determined by its training and how humanely its owner is treating it, which is why most dog attacks can be attributed to negligence on behalf of the owner.
Laws Established to Protect Waukegan Residents From Attacking Dogs
Chapter 4 in the Waukegan Municipal Code covers the reasonable expectations of dog owners and protects other residents by laying ground rules for dog ownership that all owners must abide by. Following are some of the rules in place to protect the public and reduce the risk of dog attacks.
- No resident may own more than three pets. This is a total for the number of dogs or cats that can live in any home, so if a pet owner has two cats, he or she may only have one dog and vice versa. There are some exceptions provided to those who have received permission from the Chief of Police to have more than three pets on the premises. These exceptions are primarily granted to owners of dogs that have delivered litters so that the owners can take care of the puppies until they’ve found homes.
- Pet owners are required to register their pets within the first month of ownership. Every year, the license must be renewed and animals must have tags affixed to their collars that show their registration and immunization records.
- Dogs must be contained inside of a fence that is tall enough to prevent its escape and no animal may be allowed to run freely without a leash. The only exceptions are dogs that are used for law enforcement or as public servants.
Common Injuries Caused by Dog Attacks
Our Waukegan dog attack injury lawyers have helped clients suffering from many different types of injuries suffered during an attack. What makes these injuries different is their long-term psychological impact. Many victims are apprehensive around other dogs, suffer from depression or anxiety and may have a poor self-image if their injuries resulted in scarring or disfigurement. Common injuries include the following.
- Loss of vision due to damage to one or both eyes during an attack. This can also result from infections contracted from the dog’s saliva.
- Peripheral neuropathy, which is defined as the loss of sensation or feeling due to permanent nerve damage. The symptoms can range from numbness and inability to feel heat and cold to the loss of mobility in the affected limb.
- Loss of limb due to disfigurement or deep tissue infections. Dogs carry many communicable diseases in the saliva and deep puncture wounds can inject germs and bacteria into deep tissue where it is more difficult to treat. Victims are often required to undergo amputations in order to survive.
- Emotional and mental anguish. The psychological impact of a dog attack can be very severe and is exacerbated when the victim is reminded of the incident every time he or she looks at scars or a permanent disfigurement.
Waukegan Dog Bite Lawyers Working for You
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has many years of experience and a successful track record of recoveries on behalf of clients who suffered injuries due to dog attacks. Our Waukegan dog bite injury attorneys have comprehensive knowledge of Waukegan’s ordinances and can maximize the value of your case through the testimony of specialists that can provide an accurate value on the cost of your care both now and in the future. Contact us today to arrange a free consultation with a lawyer so that we can review your legal options with you and let you know how best to proceed. If we are unable to collect compensation on your behalf for any reason at all, our services will be completely free of charge.
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