What Are the Long-Term Effects of a Dog Bite Injury?

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Illinios accident lawyer, Illnois personal injury attorney, Illinois wrongful death lawyerOften referred to as man’s best friend, a dog is a popular family pet. Although the majority of breeds are friendly and passive, there are some kinds of dogs that can become aggressive under certain circumstances. Any pet can act out if they feel threatened, provoked, or when they are protecting their offspring. An animal attack can result in minor to serious and even fatal injuries. Dog bite victims may suffer long-term effects, requiring surgery, physical therapy, as well as psychological counseling. In some cases, a negligent pet owner may be held liable for your pain and suffering, in addition to lost wages.

Lifelong Consequences 

Some of the most common injuries in the aftermath of an animal attack may require stitches to repair. More serious injuries can result in damage to the back or neck, which can cause an individual to be paralyzed. However, even for physical scars or injuries that can heal, a dog bite victim may suffer long-term damage. For example, many people who are attacked by an animal experience emotional or mental conditions related to the incident. Feelings of anxiety or a lifelong fear of animals may be a result. Regardless of the nature of the injury, it can require extensive rehabilitation.

A few of the major injuries that can cause long-term consequences include:

  • Post-traumatic syndrome (PTSD)
  • Nerve damage
  • Spinal cord damage/paralysis
  • Amputation
  • Cuts/lacerations

Illinois Animal Control Act

In Illinois, there is legislation that governs pet owners. Under the Illinois Animal Control Act, a pet owner is liable for injuries caused by the animal if the injured party can prove the animal had a tendency to commit such an injury and the owner knew about it. If someone’s dog had acted aggressively before and the owner failed to keep the dog on a leash and it attacked an innocent bystander, the owner may be responsible for the victim’s medical expenses.

Contact an Orland Park, IL Personal Injury Lawyer

Being bitten or attacked by a dog can be devastating on many levels. Severe injuries can lead to lost income if a victim cannot work, plus costly medical bills.  A skilled and compassionate Orland Park, IL dog bite injury attorney can fight for your rights to the compensation you need and deserve. Issa Law, LLC, has more than 10 years of experience in successfully handling personal injury and criminal matters. To schedule your free consultation, call our office today at 708-966-2408.

Sources:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=1704&ChapterID=41

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=051000050K16

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