Approximately 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs in the United States every year, often resulting in legal claims and when appropriate, lawsuits against the dog owner. While some states will allow an animal “one free bite”, this is not the case under the Illinois Animal Control Act which will hold homeowners liable to the victim regardless of the animal’s previous behavior. The victim of a dog bite can be legally compensated for their medical bills, pain and suffering, lost time from work, etc. if a lawsuit is brought within two years of the injury. Animal injury claims need to be carefully investigated and can take their time, so one should not delay speaking to an attorney if they are bitten by a dog or other animal. This website will help you learn more about the Animal Control Act and when someone can recover for an animal attack. Every situation is different, so give us a call at 630 250-8813 to discuss your options.