Dog Bite Lawyer Red Bud, IL

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Red Bud, IL Dog Bite Lawyer

Dog Bite Lawyer in Red Bud, IL. Dogs can be beloved members of the family, near and dear companions, and a friend even when times are difficult and no one else is there for you. However, sometimes man’s best friend is not exactly friendly, and the natural animal tendencies of dogs can take over. If that ever happens to you or a loved one, a top Red Bud, IL dog bite lawyer can be your best friend.

Attorney Amanda Hayden is an experienced Red Bud, IL personal injury lawyer who puts her clients first in all that she does. She has a winning record of representing her dog bite clients with compassion as well as vigor. If you have been recently bit by a dog in Red Bud, IL, suffered injuries, and are seeking to recover damages against that dog’s owner, call an experienced dog bite lawyer at (314) 480-3100, or fill out our online contact form.

What Do I Need To Do After I’ve Been Bit By A Dog?

If you have recently been bit by a dog in Red Bud, IL, you’re probably in a state of shock and confused about what to do next, just like any other accident. And just like any other accident, there’s several steps you should immediately take after it has happened. Our Red Bud, IL dog bite lawyer encourages you to do the following if you’ve recently sustained a dog bite injury:

  • Take photos. Get out your camera or phone and start taking shots of everything around you. If you can, take shots of the dog that bit you: even if the dog is running away from you and you can thus only get poor-quality photos, local authorities can still use these shots to identify a dog. If the owner of the dog is also there, get pictures of them and their info too. Request that they provide info about the dog’s veterinarian, tag, and their personal homeowners’ or renter’s insurance. You should also take photos of your immediate surroundings like street signs, cars parked nearby, and house numbers–animal control needs to tell people living nearby about the danger of a dangerous dog nearby.
  • Call 911. Animal Control in your city or county will need to be contacted to begin their work after a dog has bit a human. In addition, you should talk to the Red Bud police: not only should you obtain a report for your insurance records, but the police and other Red Bud, IL authorities also keep files on dogs who have bit other people before. If they determine that you are not the first person that dog has bit, their owner may be facing criminal charges.
  • Get medical help. No matter the size of your injuries, we suggest calling a doctor or visiting an emergency room or urgent care center as soon as you can. Dog bites can easily result in infection, so speedy treatment is important.
  • Call your insurance company. Dog bites are often covered as part of a homeowners’ or renter’s insurance policy, as they are viewed as “personal property”. Call them as soon as possible to file a claim so they can benefit you with medical bills and other costs. You should also get, if possible, the dog owner’s insurance information.

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Dog Bite Laws In Missouri and Illinois

Since the year 2009, Missouri and Illinois have both had the same legal principle regarding dog bites. Prior to 2009, dog bite law in Missouri operated on what is commonly called the “one bite” rule. What this meant was that dog owners could not be held liable if their dog had not previously bitten another human being–thus giving Missouri dog owners a free bite before they could be taken to court for negligence.

However, in 2009 Missouri Revised Statute 237.036 became law, which completely altered how Missouri judges viewed dog bites. No longer could dog owners get away with it the first time their pet bit a human being. Now, Missouri joined Illinois and 29 other states (plus the District of Columbia) in adopting the strict liability standard for dog bite injuries.

Under strict liability, dog owners are now liable for the actions of their pets at all times. If a dog bites someone, without warning, either on public property or private property they are lawfully allowed to be on, their owner can be sued for all applicable damages. On top of that, Missouri law mandates dog owners to pay a fine to the state of no more than $1,000, in addition to any civil damages they pay out. Illinois’ law regarding dog bites is called the Animal Control Act, or 510 Illinois Compiled Statutes 5/. It is much more extensive than Missouri’s dog bite law as it also includes guidelines about what happens to dogs after they bite another human, a part of the law that in Missouri is delegated to county or city-level authorities. Most notably, it does mandate that dog owners in Illinois are “liable in civil damages to such person [that their dog bit] for the full amount of injury caused”.

What Happens To A Dog That’s Bit Someone?

Both Missouri and Illinois have widely the same procedures they follow after a dog bites a human being. The primary difference is that Illinois’ dog bite mandates are part of the state Animal Control Act, while Missouri’s policies are determined by each county or city. While this allows for some variation in other matters relating to dogs (for example, some towns in Missouri expressly ban certain dog breeds like pit bulls), for the most part the protocol following a dog bite is identical.

After the report of a dog bite, Red Bud, IL animal control will take the dog into custody for ten days. The dog will be transported to a central location such as an animal shelter or a veterinarian’s office. They will then be observed for that time and checked for diseases, most notably rabies. Before they are permitted to leave the facility, a tracking microchip is inserted into the dog, and if their owner has not done so already the animal is spayed or neutered. If authorities have regarded the dog to be safe, they can be sent back into the care of their owner, but not before they pay for all costs related to the care and feeding of the dog during its time under observation.

After a dog is back in the custody of its owner, it is also enrolled into a statewide database of “dangerous” (in Missouri) or “vicious” (in Illinois) dogs. Red Bud, IL owners of dogs placed in these categories must keep them in secure pens or kennels, and when out in public they are obligated to keep them on a short leash and muzzled. If a dangerous or vicious dog bites someone a second time, they are once again placed under observation. However, this time owners must file an appeal and show that they can maintain safe ownership of their pet: if not, it will be put to sleep.

How Much Can I Get For My Red Bud, IL Dog Bite Lawsuit?

Dog bite injuries can differ in their impact, but one thing is undoubtable: they are no laughing matter. Dogs have strong jaws (a study found that on average, a dog’s bite exerts 320 psi of force, more than twice a human’s bite) and sharp teeth, both legacies of their predator forebearers. While, for instance, being bit by a chihuahua will not cause as many injuries as being bit by a German shepherd, the most common injuries our Red Bud, IL dog bite lawyer sees include:

  • Surface-level cuts and bruises
  • Lacerations and puncture wounds
  • Infections from canine saliva
  • Tetanus
  • Broken or cracked bones
  • Avulsion injuries (when skin or body parts are torn off)
  • Rabies
  • Nerve damage
  • Emotional trauma
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

A top Red Bud, IL dog bite lawyer can help you recover damages for all of your medical bills and more. In addition to standard hospital or doctor’s charges, you can get money for any prescription drugs, required rehab or physical therapy, and any psychiatric services you need. If the Red Bud dog that bit you also damaged your property–for instance, if you were bit and it also destroyed or damaged your mobile phone or tablet–a Red Bud, IL dog bite lawyer can get you money to repair that, as well as damages for the pain and suffering the process of being bit by a dog put you through.

Studies have shown that the vast majority of dog bite lawsuits never go in front of a jury. Insurance providers do not want to be exposed to having to potentially pay a substantial jury award, while plaintiffs like settlements as they avoid lengthy court cases and put money in their pockets as soon as possible. Data from the Insurance Information Institute revealed that the median dog bite lawsuit settlement in Missouri is about $47,400, while in Illinois the average is slightly higher at $48,100.



Contact A Red Bud, IL Dog Bite Lawyer Who Fights For Her Clients

Lawyer Amanda Hayden knows that being bit by a dog is an experience no one should have to go through. She takes time out to get to know all her clients and reassure them that they don’t have to go through the legal process alone. In addition, she brings a unique mix of both business and legal knowledge into the courtroom, which means that she knows how insurance companies operate and thus is a dog bite lawyer who fights for your maximum financial award.

If you or a friend has recently been bit by a dog in Red Bud, IL, do not hesitate to contact an experienced dog bite lawyer. Call Amanda Hayden today at [clickable-number] or contact her online to set up a free, no-risk consultation.

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