dog attacks, dog bites, Animal Control Act, Illinois Injury LawyerIt can seem unfathomable to an animal lover that his or her beloved companion might be capable of inflicting life-changing harm. Many dogs, of course, will live out their lives without ever placing a person in any danger. Others, however, may attack without warning causing serious and potentially fatal injuries to an unsuspecting individual. Dog bites may also result in the animal’s owner being held liable for any and all injuries sustained as a result.

Dangerous Breeds

Research compiled from the United States and Canada by Merritt Clifton, editor of Animals 24-7, indicated that in the last 30 years, a large majority of dog bites and attacks are inflicted by a single category of breeds known as molosser dogs. This group of animals, which includes pit bulls, rottweilers, mastiffs, boxers, and sharpeis, was responsible for more than 85 percent of all attacks causing bodily harm.  Particularly striking is the fact that such breeds constitute less than 10 percent of the total dog population.

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently announced that Sweden-based furniture maker IKEA has issued a recall for nearly 3 million baby bed canopies that the company has been selling for almost twenty years. According to the product recall alert, the canopies pose a strangulation risk to young children.

The CPSC says that there have been at least nine reports of children becoming wrapped around and entangled in the canopy. One report involved a seven-month-old infant who managed to pull the fabric of the canopy into her crib and wrapped it around her neck. A spokesperson for IKEA says that some reports of these incidents involved minor injuries to the children. However, the details of those injuries have not been released. The baby bed canopies are made to hang from a hook over a child’s crib or bed. The product measures 7 feet by 2 feet and is made out of a mesh-like material. The canopies were sold from August 1996 until March 2014 at a cost of between $10 and $30. There are several models involved in the recall:
  • Legendarisk
  • Minnen
  • Barnslig boll
  • Minnen Brodyr
  • Himmel
  • Fabler
  • Tissla
  • Klämmig
IKEA is advising anyone who has purchased this product to remove it immediately from the child’s crib/bed area and return it to the store for a full refund. Another child product recall the CPCS announced was for the My Sweet Love doll sold exclusively at Wal-Mart stores between August 2012 and March 2014. The doll comes with a medical kit and has built-in electronics which causes the doll to start coughing, talking, and turning the cheeks to get red when the doll becomes “sick.” However, the circuit board in the doll’s chest can overheat and cause the doll’s surface to become hot, which can pose a burn hazard. There have been at least 12 of these incidents reported. Two of these incidents have caused burn injuries. Wal-Mart is advising customers who purchased the doll to return it to the company for a full refund.

If you or someone in your family has been injured from using a defective or recalled product, contact an experienced Will County personal injury attorney to find out what compensation you may be entitled to for pain and loss.

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