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Pets can also be victims of dog attacks

Few things can be as terrifying to dog owners as walking their dog down the street and having an unknown and aggressive dog run up to attack their beloved pet. At the Law Office of Kerley & Associates, we understand that Illinois residents can suffer greatly from dog bites, but so can their own pets. You may want to know how to protect your dog or cat from unfriendly animals.

What are the emotional effects of a dog bite?

Few things can be as terrifying for you and other Illinois residents as a sudden dog bite. Whether you or a loved one was nipped by a startled family pet or viciously attacked by an aggressive dog, the physical scars can be significant and long-lasting. The emotional ramifications of a dog attack are often just as serious.

Understanding Illinois’ Animal Control Act

At the Law Office of Kerley & Associates in Illinois, we know how frightening a dog bite can be, especially if the dog bites your child. Even if (s)he receives only a tiny “nip,” you naturally worry about the possibility of rabies. In addition, this experience could make your child fear all dogs for the rest of his or her life. If the dog bite causes serious injury, (s)he could face extensive medical treatment up to and including plastic surgery to prevent permanent scarring.

Illinois ranks high nationally in number of dog bite claims

If you live in Illinois and have ever had the unfortunate experience of suffering a dog bite from someone else’s animal, you are not alone. According to 2014 numbers, Illinois ranks fourth in the nation in terms of the number of dog bite claims filed, with insurance agencies in the state paying an average of $34,894 per claim. At the Law Office of Kerley & Associates, we understand that considerable expenses often result from dog bites, and we have helped many dog bite victims across the state seek appropriate compensation for their injuries.

Tips for preventing dog bites

A friend drops by for a visit, and when she cannot get an answer at the front door, she heads to the back. What she does not know is the family Labrador retriever has been soaking up the sun on the deck, and she startles him. Illinois dog owners understand startled dogs sometimes attack the people who surprise them, so it would not be shocking to find out the retriever bit the friend who unintentionally snuck up on him.

Fatal dog attacks lands babysitters in prison

With so many people in Springfield relying on their dogs to provide them with love and companionship, it may be difficult to believe such creatures are capable of harm. Yet dogs have proven themselves to be dangerous attackers when involved in altercations with people. Some may think that the extent of the injuries such animals can inflict is limited to minor cuts and abrasions on a victim's extremities. Yet depending on the size of the dog (as well as that of the victim of its attack), fatal results of dog attacks are not out of the question. 

What should I do when approached by a strange dog?

While there are leash laws about dogs in Illinois, there may come a time when you are approached by a dog who is off leash and unattended. This can be a scary experience because you never know a strange dog's demeanor. Often the dog will be super friendly and all fear will disperse, but in some cases, the dog may be cagey or even aggressive. It is important to know what to do in these cases to prevent any injuries and get away from the dog safely.

Will your dog be put down after biting someone?

If your dog bites someone in Illinois, you have quite a bit to be concerned about. You have to ensure the person is okay and gets the proper medical treatment. You also have to be concerned about what this could mean for your property or rental insurance because a claim is almost certain to be made. You also need to think about your dog's well-being. 

What to do if a dog chases you on your bike

A bicycle is an excellent choice of transportation, recreation and exercise for many in Illinois, but on your ride, you are exposed to a risk that motorists are not: dog attacks. We at the Law Office of Kerley & Associates have represented many people who were injured by a dog who was not properly restrained by its owner.

How can you care for animal bite scars?

Illinois residents who have been victims of dog bites will know that the pain can continue long past the initial attack. For example, many victims are left with unpleasant or even disfiguring scars, reducing your quality of life. Fortunately, there are possible ways to minimize and care for animal bite scars that may help reduce the appearance and formation of scars.

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