about illinois’ dog bite law. . .
In Illinois the owner (broadly defined) of a dog – or any animal – may be found strictly liable for injuries caused by the animal. This means that it is not necessary to prove that the dog’s owner acted negligently. If someone’s animal harms you you are entitled to monetary compensation, period. The only caveats are that when the animal injured you you were in a place you were legally entitled to be, i.e. you were not a trespasser, you were acting peaceably and you did not provoke the animal. However, even if one of these conditions applied, i.e. in the case of a minor trespassing onto a dog’s turf, compensation may be due if it can be proven that the dog’s owner or caretaker acted negligently. Attorney Brendan Kevenides has handled dog bit cases. Contact him if you or someone you care about was injured by an animal.