** Update: Police say an autopsy revealed the woman died of natural causes before she was eaten by the dogs. Read our original blog post below:
ANTIOCH (Salvi Law) – The Lake County Sheriff’s Department says a woman was found dead in Antioch after she was mauled to death by her grandson’s dogs.
According to a report from FOX 32 News, the 71-year-old woman had multiple bite marks from a German shepherd and lab-chow mix. Officials say the deceased woman was so badly mauled, it will take dental records to positively identify her.
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While officials say there were no signs of struggle on the body of the victim, they are still calling the death a mauling.
Sadly, dog bites are all too common in Illinois and the United States. According to a recent study, more than 4.5 million people in the United States are bitten by dogs each year. Dogs of any breed can cause injury from biting. The American Veterinary Medical Association reports more than 800,000 Americans receive medical attention for dog bites each year, and a majority of dog bites occur during everyday activities and while interacting with familiar dogs.
A majority of dog bites, if not all, are preventable. Properly training and socializing your pet and educating your children on how to approach a dog are just a few of the solutions to this public health crisis.
However if you do find yourself the victim of a dog bite, serious injury suffered in a dog attack is reason to hold the dog’s owner accountable and for the dog bite victim to seek compensation for all medical expenses, pain and suffering and other harm caused by the bite.
Dog bite victims may seek compensation to cover their past and future medical expenses, lost income and diminished earning capacity, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other related losses. Those who have been injured in a dog attack should not be reluctant to seek it through civil legal action – it will not come out of a friend or neighbor’s pocket. The compensation recovered in a dog bite claim almost always come from the dog owner’s insurance, such as homeowners’ insurance or business liability insurance.
If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite injury or other animal attack that caused serious injury or scarring, you have rights that deserve to be protected. Contact Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. to schedule a free consultation. We will provide a team of legal professionals, medical experts and investigators who are dedicated to your case. We can help you make informed decisions about your legal options. We will work hard to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.