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Dog attacks may lead to personal injury claims

Dog owners have a critical responsibility to keep their animals under control. Even in their own homes, Illinois dog owners must ensure the protection of others from an aggressive animal. Lawful visitors who suffer injuries from a dog attack may have cause to pursue a personal injury claim in court, particularly if the victim is a child. A recent dog attack sheds light on the severe damage an animal can do to a child.

The child was under the care of one of the dog's owners. The owner carried the child into the house around 7 p.m. one evening when the dog lunged at the child. The animal, a black pit bull terrier, apparently bit the child in the face. Reports say the child underwent surgery and received 22 stitches to close the wounds left by the dog.

Police came to the house the following day after receiving a report of the attack. However, the dog owner told officers he had released the dog the night before and had not seen it since. No one in the neighborhood saw the dog or reported an unrestrained animal matching the description of the dog. The dog owner now faces charges for releasing the apparently aggressive dog into the neighborhood. Additionally, the owner could show no proof that the attacking animal had been properly vaccinated.

The physical and emotional trauma that occurs with a dog attack can be lifelong. Children who are victims of this type of personal injury may live with disfiguring scars and psychological damage that can affect them in untold ways. Seeking justice through the Illinois civil courts is one way for parents to help their children work toward as full a recovery as possible.

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