In the past, Illinois law gave dog owners "one free bite." That meant that even though a dog bit an innocent person, or even a small child, the owner was not held responsible. As long as the dog never bit anyone before, the owner often escaped the consequences.
The law has changed. Today, dog owners no longer have "one free bite" under Illinois law. Under the Illinois Animal Control Act, all animal owners, including dog owners, have responsibilities to other people. Even if a dog has never bitten anyone before, the owner may be held responsible for the harm his or her dog causes.
Dog bites can result in severe wounds, requiring extensive surgery. Bites can leave permanent scars. Children are often the most at risk for dog bites, and can pay the price with lifetime scars from a vicious dog attack. Families are left with substantial medical bills. If you or a loved one have been the victim of a dog bite that has resulted in substantial medical treatment, you should speak with a lawyer immediately to find out whether you have a case against the dog's owner.
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