Dog Bites

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In the state of Illinois, lawsuits arising from dog bites are controlled by a law known as the Illinois Animal Control Act. The act sets forth the remedies available to a victim of a dog bite as well as other animals. It mostly applies to the acts of dogs biting humans or livestock, and sets forth the duties, rights and liabilities of victims and dog owners alike.

The section of the act which creates the liability of a dog owner or other animal owner for injuries to another person is p510 ILCS 5/16: Sec. 16.p and states:


If you or someone you know has been injured by another person’s dog, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical bills. At Boudreau & Nisivaco, LLC, we are focused on helping injured people get the compensation they are entitled to for any personal injury, including dog attacks. If you did not provoke the dog, you were behaving in a peaceable manner, and you were standing where you were legally allowed to be, then the owner of the dog is liable to you for your injuries and any losses that arise therefrom.

These losses may include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical / hospital bills
  • Future medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages from missed work
  • Disfigurement & scarring

If you were bitten by a dog, see how our lawyers can help. Call us today for a free consultation!


Sometimes, the question of who the dog “owner” is may come into play. The law does not require that someone actually has legal ownership, such as:

  • A license
  • Registration papers for a purebred
  • A receipt for payment when the dog was purchased
  • Proof of the dog being vetted by the person

The law simply requires that the person has either a right of property in the dog, keeps or harbors the dog, has the dog in their care, acts as the dog’s custodian, or knowingly permits the dog to remain on any premises occupied by him or her. This does not extend to landlords who lease property out to someone, and then the tenant’s dog bites another person.


Contact our Chicago personal injury attorneys for a free consultation if you or a loved one has been injured by another person’s dog. We will meet with you personally, review the facts of your case, and advise you of the legal options that are available. If you wish to retain our firm, we will conduct a thorough investigation of the scene where the incident occurred, interview any witnesses that may have seen the attack, and determine the proper person to file a claim against.


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