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Illinois Dog Bite Law

Illinois is a strict liability state. This means that as long as the dog bite (or bite from any other animal) or other act of the dog was not provoked by the injured person, the “owner” of the dog is responsible – even is the owner acted carefully and cautiously regarding his/her dog.

Overview

The State of Illinois has a statute that makes the owner, harborer or keeper of any animal (whether or not a dog) liable for injuries to people, whether or not caused by a bite, without negligence on the part of the owner. Although the dog bite statute uses the word "owner," the term is defined as "any person having a right of property in an animal, or who keeps or harbors an animal, or who has it in his care, or acts as its custodian, or who knowingly permits a dog to remain on any premises occupied by him or her." (510 ILCS 5/2.16.)

The relevant part of the Animal Control Act is as follows:

510 ILCS 5/16:Sec. 16.

If a dog or other animal, without provocation, attacks, attempts to attack, or injures any person who is peaceably conducting himself or herself in any place where he or she may lawfully be, the owner of such dog or other animal is liable in civil damages to such person for the full amount of the injury proximately caused thereby.

If you have been bitten or harmed by a dog, or other animal, you need an experienced dog bite attorney to get you the full compensation you deserve. Contact my office today for a free consultation. We have the experience and resources necessary to get you maximum compensation for the losses you have suffered.

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