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Dog Bite Injury Attorneys in Chicago, Illinois

Dogs bite nearly 5 million people a year in the U.S. Almost half of those injured are children, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says. About 800,000 Americans each year seek medical attention for wounds from dog bites, and 386,000 require emergency room treatment. About 16 people die every year after being attacked by a dog. The CDC’s figures do not consider the psychological trauma of experiencing an animal attack.

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  • $33.2 Million Jury Verdict - March 05 2009 LAKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS – Attorneys Patrick A. Salvi and Patrick A. Salvi II of Salvi, Schostok...

    $33.2 Million Jury Verdict

    March 05 2009

    LAKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS – Attorneys Patrick A. Salvi and Patrick A. Salvi II of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., announced they obtained a $33.2 million verdict last night on behalf of a 22-year-old young man, who was injured in a car accident. The trial was heard before the Honorable Christopher Starck who entered judgment on the jury’s verdict in Lake County, Illinois. According to the Jury Verdict Reporter (Law Bulletin Publishing Company), the father and son Salvi legal team—in their first jury trial together – exceeded the previous Lake County verdict record by nearly $10 million.

    On November 19, 2006, William Klairmont, then 18-years-old, was driving intoxicated on Route 43 in Lake Bluff, when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving—crashing into a utility box. The accident paralyzed the vehicle’s passenger, Plaintiff, then 19-years-old, from the chest down. Tests later showed that Klairmont had a blood-alcohol level of 0.146, well above the legal driving limit of 0.08 for adults. The ‘black box’ in Klairmont’s car indicated that seconds before the accident, the vehicle was traveling at 120-miles-per-hour. The trial was only on damages because Klairmont admitted fault. The Plaintiff was not accused of doing anything wrong. During the trial, jurors heard testimony about the Plaintiff’s past and future medical needs, the difficulties of his day-to-day life, and his employability.

    “Fortunately for our client, the vehicle Mr. Klairmont was driving was borrowed by his father’s employer from a second family corporation. Insurance-wise, this should allow our client the opportunity to collect much, if not all, of the verdict,” said Patrick A. Salvi, Sr. and Jim Nyeste, another member of the plaintiff’s legal team.

    In February, the Plaintiff settled with Lauralee Pfeifer of Lake Forest, for her $2.5 million homeowner’s insurance policy limit. Mrs. Pfeifer owned the home at which William Klairmont became intoxicated.

    “The outcome in this case is the recognition by a Lake County jury that our client has suffered a tremendous loss. The jury did the right thing,” said Patrick A. Salvi II. “This verdict will take care of our client’s medical needs for the rest of his life so that he can live as full a life as possible in the face of physical disabilities.”

  • $29.1 Million Verdict - September 06 2011 CHICAGO, IL – The United States Court of Appeals for the...

    $29.1 Million Verdict

    September 06 2011

    CHICAGO, IL – The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit today affirmed a $29.1 million medical malpractice verdict.

    On April 2, 2010, attorneys David J. Pritchard and Patrick A. Salvi II of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., secured the $29.1 million verdict on behalf of Christian Arroyo. Judge Amy St. Eve of the Northern District of Illinois rendered the verdict for Christian and against the United States of America after a week-long bench trial. The government-employed doctors were found guilty of negligence having to do with their obstetrical and neonatal care. The attorneys of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard proved that prophylactic measures to prevent infection should have been taken prior to Christian’s birth and that the signs and symptoms of a neonatal infection were missed, causing profound brain damage.

    The government appealed the verdict based on the statue of limitations. The government said that the suit was untimely because it was brought more than 2 years after the baby was discharged from the hospital following birth. Attorneys case-resultsfully argued that the lawsuit was timely filed because the Arroyos did not know and had no reason to know that the brain injury had any sort of doctor or government cause.

    Today, Christian Arroyo is a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. He cannot walk, talk or eat through his mouth.

    Attorney Patrick Salvi II said: “We are very pleased that the Court of Appeals has affirmed this verdict on behalf of Christian, and rejected the government’s attempt to avoid responsibility for the misconduct of the doctors involved by asserting that they should have been sued sooner.  The money will be essential in giving this young man a chance in life given his severe and permanent disabilities.

    For more information on the Arroyo case [07C4912], or the Law Firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., please contact Patrick Salvi II at (312) 372 -1227 or psalvi2@salvilaw.com.

  • $15.5 Million Settlement - Truck accident kills man and seriously injures woman.

    $15.5 Million Settlement

    Truck accident kills man and seriously injures woman.

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Read more: Our Firm Settled the Largest Dog Bite Case in Illinois History

For more than 25 years, the dog bite attorneys at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., have helped thousands of Chicago-area injury victims and their families obtain compensation for the pain and suffering they have experienced because of dog bites or other animal attacks. We are a leading personal injury firm with a reputation for thorough and aggressive representation of our clients.

If you have suffered a serious injury or lost a loved one in an animal attack that occurred in the Chicago area or anywhere else in Illinois, call us today at 877-975-7991 or use our online form. We have offices in Chicago and Waukegan. Our Chicago dog bite lawyers will protect your legal rights and pursue the financial compensation you deserve.

Chicago Dog Bites and Illinois Law

The Illinois Animal Control Act erased the “one free bite” law. The law had excused a dog owner from being liable for a bite by their pet if they were not aware of the animal’s propensity to bite.

Today, Illinois law specifically states:

“If a dog or other animal, without provocation, attacks or injures any person who is peaceably conducting himself in any place where he may lawfully be, the owner of such dog or other animal is liable in damages to such person for the full amount of the injury sustained.”

Are Certain Dogs More Likely to Attack Than Others?

Any dog, even one you know as friendly, can bite you. The CDC studied breeds of dogs involved in fatal human attacks between 1979 and 1998. During that 20-year period, at least 25 breeds of dogs were involved in 238 human dog bite-related fatalities.

The breeds that the CDC identified in fatal attacks on humans are:

  • Pit bull-type
  • Rottweiler
  • German Shepherd
  • Husky type (including Siberian)
  • Malamute
  • Wolf-dog hybrid
  • “Mixed breed”
  • Chow Chow
  • Doberman
  • Saint Bernard
  • Great Dane
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Akita
  • Bulldog
  • Mastiff
  • Boxer
  • Collie
  • Bullmastiff
  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever
  • West Highland Terrier
  • Newfoundland
  • Coonhound
  • Sheepdog
  • Australian Shepherd
  • Rhodesian Ridgeback
  • Cocker Spaniel.

Here are some things you should try to do if you have been injured by a dog bite or another domesticated animal attack:

  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible.
  • Immediately report the incident to the police and request a copy of the police accident report.
  • Obtain the name and contact information of the dog owner.
  • Get the name and contact information of any people who witnessed your accident.
  • Photograph the animal that caused your injuries, as well as the location of the incident.
  • Photograph any visible injuries you have suffered as result of the incident with the animal or permit our investigator to accomplish this.
  • Do not communicate with the owner of the dog or the owner’s insurance company. If you accept any form of compensation, you may waive your right to sue for additional damages.
  • Save any clothing that may have been damaged by the animal.
  • Save and, if possible, photograph any property damage caused by the animal.

Compensation for Chicago Dog Bite Victims

Recovering from a dog bite can be a lengthy and painful process. Often, victims can recover damages to cover their medical treatments, any necessary medications, future treatment, psychological counseling and any lost wages. Claims can be made against the dog owner, the dog owner’s insurer, and possibly a third party if their negligence caused the injury.

A key issue in recovering compensation in a Chicago dog bite lawsuit is determining whether the at-fault party has insurance coverage, including homeowner’s insurance. Our attorneys will pursue all avenues to make sure our clients are fully and fairly compensated.

Contact Our Chicago Dog Bite Lawyers Today

If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite or another animal attack that caused serious injury, you have rights. Among other things, you may be able to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim against the animal’s owner or custodian to recover compensation for medical costs, property damage, lost wages, future losses or for your pain and suffering.

If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a dog bite incident, contact the Chicago dog bite lawyers of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. We will provide a team of legal professionals, medical experts and investigators who are dedicated to your cause. We can help you make informed decisions about your legal options. We will work hard to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve. For a free consultation, call us today at 877-975-7991 or use our online form.

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Breed Exclusions Bite into Dog Attack Victims’ Rights

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Illinois is known as a “strict liability” state when it comes to dog bites. This law helps dog bite victims to hold owners accountable for the harm their dogs cause. However, no law requires insurance companies to insure dog owners….

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